Movie: Lady Bird (2017) #Oscars #BestPicture

My Thoughts While Watching:

  • Holy shit, this could be my Catholic school life.  Well, not the having sex thing while in Catholic school but the rest of it.
  • Sookie Stackhouse’s grandma is a nun…lol  “My nun” was Sister Mary Rose.  Loved her and miss her dearly.  I know that I gave her a number of chuckles.  I know she gave me rough knees by making my say 100 Hail Marys for a number of my antics.
  • “What about terrorism?” “Don’t be so Republican!”
  • Inappropriate friends are the best!
  • “I want to read it in bed.”  “That’s something rich people do. We’re not rich people.”
  • I am struck by the total lack of cell phones in the movie.  WAIT…it is set in a time just on the cusp of cell phones in EVERYONE’s hands….

I really liked this movie.  It did remind me of some of my younger days in certain scenes and with certain attitudes.  I also watched Call Me By Your Name and find that these two movies tell similar stories (coming of age, young sex, fighting to know who you are) with the exception of one has understanding parents and this one has Sheldon’s mom.

Some Interviews and Extra Video:

IMDB Synopsis: In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.



Additional Movie Info:

It received a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 99% Fresh.  It received a Rotten Tomato audience rating of 80% liking it.  Average Rating: 4/5 with a number of User Ratings: 17,118.

Movie Reviews:

Specs:  Release date: 1 December 2017 (USA) / Runtime: 94 minutes / Budget: $10M

IMDB Trivia:

  • Director Greta Gerwig suggested to Saoirse Ronan not cover up her acne for the film.
  • The film is Greta Gerwig‘s solo feature directorial debut.
  • According to director Greta Gerwig, the first draft of her script was 350 pages long, which would equate to a movie nearly six hours long.
  • Saoirse Ronan has said that the most difficult word for her to pronounce with an American accent was “perfect.”
  • This was the highest-grossing film of the production company A24, as of December 2017.
  • Nearly all of the songs sung in the audition scene were written by Stephen Sondheim, who also composed the musical they end up performing, “Merrily We Roll Along.” The audition songs include “Being Alive” from “Company,” “Everybody Says Don’t” from “Anyone Can Whistle,” and “Giants in the Sky” from “Into the Woods.”
  • The working title for the film was “Mothers and Daughters.”
  • The popularity of the film spawned both walking and running tours of the Sacramento locations showcased in the film.
  • Lady Bird has pictures of Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney on her wall which happen to be punk rock girl bands from the Riot Grrrl movement that initiated in the early 90s. Coincidentially, Greta Gerwig has worked with Kathleen Hanna, who is considered the pioneer of the Riot Grrrl movement, in the film “Maggie’s Plan” where Kathleen makes a cameo appearance.
  • This film shares a lot of cast members with other 2018 Oscar nominated films: Timothee Chalamet is also in ‘Call Me By Your Name’, Kathryn Newton & Lucas Hedges are both in ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, Tracy Letts is in ‘The Post’ and Saoirse Ronan voices a character in the animated film ‘Loving Vincent’.
  • While with Kyle, Ladybird develops a nosebleed. Kyle is played by Timotheé Chalamet who was nominated for best actor for Call Me by Your Name. In Call Me by Your Name, Timotheé Chalamet’s character also suffers from nose bleeds
  • Although it is never stated which New York college Lady Bird was accepted to, the colors (blue and white on the admissions packet) and the geography (upper Manhattan) match Barnard College. This is the alma mater of writer/director Greta Gerwig.

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