Lady Bird (2017)

IMDB: [R]Β In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.
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A true coming of age story, Lady Bird shows things in a more raw and realistic way. The styling and acting lifts it above other similar stories. However it has some of the same pitfalls as any story that has been told so many times.

What I Loved:
The styling, cinematography, script, and acting bring some amount of freshness to the high school senior year story. The acting and rawness of a dysfunctional family “from the wrong side of the tracks” at moments truly brought me back to my own childhood. The awkward teen moments cut though the rest toΒ  a new pocket in your heart you may have forgotten about. When it comes to stories of this genre, it does stand above a lot of them.

What I Didn’t Love:
Here’s the sticking point for me. While this story was done in a good way, it’s still a very common story. It’s the struggling family with the kid (often a girl) who wants to escape to something better and battles awkward highschool moments of friendship and dating. We’ve seen it. I went into it hoping for a slightly different take or more interesting perspective.

Trope:Β 
Mean Girl – she may be popular, but what will it take to beΒ  like her?

Quote:
“I wish I could live through something.”

Spoilers: Click to Reveal

As stated above, it’s a pretty common story. Lady Bird grows with friends, a boyfriend who turns out to be gay, ditching her best friend for new “cooler” friends but at the cost of being a cruel person. She finds herself again and then manages to get into a college in New York – her dream. All this while dealing with a tumultuous mother-daughter relationship and home life on top of questions surrounding dating and virginity along with money struggles. In the end she seems to realize she actually loved her home.

The actual end scene really left me a bit disappointed. She calls her mother to say she loves her and that she loved her home. And then the movie just ends. It doesn’t feel like there’s any sort of resolution and we’re left wondering if she will stay in New York – at extreme financial cost to her family – or if she realized she’s better off at home.

While moments in the movie were heartfelt, the overall story was something I’ve seen too many times and I just wanted something a little more fresh.