Lady Bird

Checked out the new coming-of-age indie comedy/drama Lady Bird… a film I’m supposed to like what with a lot of Oscar talk for the actors. Sadly, I didn’t connect with the movie… but I suspect that means if you do, you might find it a poignant, heart-felt movie. I did not. I was bored.
The film stars Saroise Ronan as a teen living in Sacramento, going to a Catholic School in the early 2000s. And that’s kind of it… she has a couple boyfriends, she argues with her mom (Laurie Metcalf), she plays pranks on the nuns, goes to parties, and tries to figure out how to get into college.
You can make a good movie out of anything and get people who have never been a Catholic school girl in Sacramento in the 2000s to identify and care for your characters. But that’s where the movie failed… I had no “in” on the experience and the movie failed to get me there. You might find more in the movie than I did.
There’s oscar talk for the lead actresses and I guess they did a good job with the material they were given. But I was too checked out to care that much. I do credit the writing for at least not being conventional in its coming-of-age story. Kudos to originality, I suppose.
Score: 71

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