Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Lois Smith
Story: Coming-of age dramedy written and directed by Greta Gerwig in her directorial debut. The story centers on Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a headstrong high schooler who wants to escape from her family and small California town by going to college in New York. She hates everything about her life and town and has a turbulent relationship with her mother, Marion McPherson (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse who is a wildly loving, deeply opinionated and a strong-willed mother working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father, Larry McPherson (Tracy Letts), loses his job.REVIEWS
Best Quotes from Trailer:
Christine McPherson: I hate California, I want to go to the East Coast. I want to go where culture is like New York.
Marion McPherson: How in the world did I raise such a snob?
Christine McPherson: Or at least Connecticut or New Hampshire where writers live in the woods.
Marion McPherson: You wouldn’t get into those schools anyway.
Christine McPherson: Mom!
Marion McPherson: You should just go to City College. You know, with your work ethic just go to City College and then to jail and then back to City College and then maybe you’d learn to pull yourself up and not expect everybody to do everything.
[just then Christine opens the car door and jumps out as the car is moving]
College Professor: Lady Bird, is that your given name?
Christine McPherson: Yeah.
College Professor: Why is it in quotes?
Christine McPherson: I gave it to myself, it’s given to me by me.
Danny: [to Marion] Lady Bird always says that she lives in on the wrong side of the tracks, but I always thought that that was like a metaphor, but there are actual train tracks.
Kyle: What you do is very baller, very anarchist.
[we see Christine try to stuff a magazine inside her skirt]
Miguel: Put the magazine back!
Shelly: [to Christine] She has a big heart, your mom.
[referring to Marion]
Danny: She’s warm, but she’s also kind of scary.
Christine McPherson: You can’t be scary and warm.
Danny: I think you can, your mom is.
Teacher: So you’re not interested in any catholic colleges.
Christine McPherson: No way. I want schools like Yale, but not Yale because I probably couldn’t get in.
Teacher: [laughing] You definitely couldn’t get in.
Christine McPherson: Does mom hate me?
Larry McPherson: You both have such strong personalities.
[as they are dress shopping]
Marion McPherson: If you’re tired, we can sit down.
Christine McPherson: I’m not tired.
Marion McPherson: Because you’re dragging your feet.
Christine McPherson: You are so infuriating!
Marion McPherson: Will you stop yelling?
Christine McPherson: I’m not yelling.
[Marion picks a dress and holds it up]
Christine McPherson: Oh, it’s perfect.
Marion McPherson: Do you love it?
Christine McPherson: When is a normal time to have sex?
Marion McPherson: You’re having sex?
[after they’ve just had sex]
Christine McPherson: I just wanted it to be special.
Kyle: Why? You’re going to have so much unspecial sex in in your life.
Parish Priest: We’re afraid that we will never escape our past. We’re afraid of what the future will bring. We’re afraid we won’t be loved, we won’t be liked. And we won’t succeed.
Marion McPherson: Whatever we give you it’s never enough. It’s never enough!
Christine McPherson: It is enough!
Julie Steffans: You can’t do anything unless you’re the center of attention!
Christine McPherson: Yeah, well you know your mom’s tits, they’re totally fake!
Julie Steffans: She made one bad decision at nineteen!
Christine McPherson: Two bad decisions!
Marion McPherson: I want you to be the very best version of yourself that you can be.
Christine McPherson: What if this is the best version?
Christine McPherson: What I’d really like is to be on Math Olympiad.
Teacher: But math isn’t something you’re terribly strong in.
Christine McPherson: That we know of yet.