Welcome to Queer Fudanshi. Let’s Talk. In this post, we’re going to talk about Lady Bird.
Lady Bird is an American film that follows High School Senior Lady Bird, her self-given name, as she tries to get into a college in New York City and escape her life in Sacramento, Californa. The film follows Lady Bird as she explores her final year in high school by making new friends, dating, and fighting with her mother.
This is Lady Bird.
Where to Watch:
Amazon (Digital Rental ($5.99) / Digital Purchase ($14.99)
DVD/Blu-Ray (Release Date: March 6)
*May not be playing in a movie theater near you.
The Talk (Non-Spoilers):
Lady Bird is a fun and entertaining film from start to finish. Despite being an indie film loved by art house awards, it isn’t the type of film that’s meant to be watched and not enjoyed. This film is specifically written to be funny and pleasant.
On top of that, the film is incredibly relatable in a way that most Hollywood movies/tv shows about high schoolers get wrong. I honestly could believe that every one of the high school characters were actually high schoolers. Sometimes, I even got second-hand embarrassment.
I not only found this film fun, but I found it rewatchable (and that’s not always the case).
The Talk (Spoilers):
First off, I was happy to find out that this film is not like Call Me By Your Name and the many films of the indie/art house variety. Yes, Lady Bird is a coming-of-age story that focuses on a moment in the life of the main character, but its one that focuses on entertainment.
This film is funny in a light and pleasant way. The very fact that the story is written to be comedic takes it out of the “Experience Not Entertainment” category that I’ve created. This film is certainly entertaining.
That said, it’s also VERY VERY cringeworthy.
Lady Bird is so accurate when it comes to high school. So many American movies/tv shows have these 25-year-old actors playing 16-year-olds. Often, they’re so mature looking and never really act like teenagers. They’re either too adult-ish/serious or too goofy.
Conversely, this film is so believable in its portrayal of teen life that I felt like cringing. It came too close to my actual experience as a theatre geek in high school.
On that note, why does this movie take so many shots at high school theatre? I feel personally attacked.
As for Lady Bird’s main character, my thoughts on her are mixed. I liked her story, but I didn’t like her as a person for most of the film.
Honestly, Lady Bird’s a brat. I get her wanting to move out of town, I get her wanting to explore new friend circles, but I couldn’t help not liking her for most of the film.
Keep in mind, that’s very much the point of this movie. To see her grow out of the bratty person she was at the start of the film.
One time that I really did like her though was when she handled the Danny situation.
Can I first say that I walked into this film thinking it was a lesbian movie. I was mistaken, but in a pleasant way. Plus, there was still a gay character involved, so I can talk about the movie with you all.
Anyway, Danny was the typical closeted teen, though he hide it well. When he was first introduced, I automatically assumed him to be gay but his romance with Lady Bird threw me off. That then left me happily off-guard when we, and Lady Bird, found out he wasn’t straight.
But what was really important was how Lady Bird respected Danny’s privacy. When he came out to her and cried, she just held him and said, “I won’t tell.” That scene was perfect.
Lastly, it would be remiss of me to not mention Laurie Metcalf. After all, the mother/daughter relationship is at the very center of this film.
As for Metcalf herself, this role was written for her. At first I was amused to find an actress I recognized, a moment I’d have repeatedly throughout the film (check the extra thoughts), but later I forgot that as I watched Metcalf work.
Honestly, Metcalf plays this hardworking and emotionally distant mother to a T. Thankfully, she’s nominated for an Oscar for the role. She deserves the recognition.
Lady Bird is a fun and fast film to watch. There’s a lot of good going for it, so much good that the film is enjoyable even when the main character is annoying and unpleasant.
Honestly, I would see this film again, and I’d probably show it to my friends. That’s high praise.
- HELLO JORDAN RODRIGUEZ!!!!!! (He was the dude in Dance Academy (sadly, the non-gay one)! And he got hotter with long hair!)
- There are so many actors that I know in this movie, Laura Marano, Laurie Metcalf, Timothee Charlamet, Jordan Rodriguez.
- Writing this post actually made me want to go see the movie again.