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This is an excellent coming of age movie about a teenage girl in a Catholic high school in Sacramento California in the 90s. Her real name is Christine, but she has dubbed herself Lady Bird. Like so many coming of age movies (see e.g. the classic film The Breakfast Club) the film deals with the awkwardness of going through the latter stages of puberty, and raging hormones, and desperately wanting someone to like or love you, while knowing that certain kind of behaviors are not acceptable to one’s parents, and anyway, one is not mature enough for such things.
This is a short film, only 93 minutes but packed with emotional scenes, both heartwarming, and disturbing, both reaffirming and unsettling, particularly for those of us who are Christians. We see a lot of Lady Bird butting heads with her equally strong-willed mother, as she tries to establish her own identity and independence. And yet there is a winsome quality to the film as it is clear that the parents love Lady Bird, and vice versa. There are scenes where the mother understands the daughter, and scenes where she is overbearing and trying to regiment her life. There is so much in this film that seems all too true to life. Young love, frustration, a desire to chart one’s own course, the...
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