Lady Bird

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At the risk of sounding much older than I actually am, I will say this about Lady Bird: this film exemplifies literally everything that is wrong with the younger generations.

There is nothing remotely likable about Christine (Saoirse Ronan). Even the idea of a teen foregoing their given name because ‘it’s something her parents made up’ is a pretentious pile of garbage.

The character of Lady Bird is annoying, selfish, pretentious, and derivative. She’s fighting to ‘be her own person’ while being a conglomeration of all the people she’s surrounded by. Fickle and fleeting, Lady Bird changes her opinions and thoughts to fit those whom she wants to impress.

Despite being a horrible and ungrateful child, Lady Bird expects her financially broken parents to do everything that she wants. If they even put up a meager fight, she will throw herself out of a moving car. Literally.

There are a couple scenes that really embody the generational thought process. One of which is the scene where Kyle (Timothee Chalamet) tells Lady Bird that his father is dying of cancer, and she doesn’t appear to really care. Towards the end of film Lady Bird’s father refinances the family house despite being unemployed and strapped for money already, just because Lady Bird couldn’t stand the thought of going to a local college.

All of that aside, the film itself is completely void of meaning or emotion. Most of the characters are too annoying and full of themselves to even care about. The script is mediocre at best. Lady Bird feels like Greta Gerwig watched the popular coming-of-age films, and attempted to cover every base possible in an hour and a half.

All of that aside, the film itself is completely void of meaning or emotion. Most of the characters are too annoying and full of themselves to even care about. The script is mediocre at best. Lady Bird feels like Greta Gerwig watched the popular coming-of-age films, and attempted to cover every base possible in an hour and a half.

There is one jarring conversation between Lady Bird and her mother, for instance, that quickly jumps between sex and depression in a matter of literal seconds without displaying any real emotion concerning either.

The only real thing I could take away from Lady Bird is that West Coast is the Best Coast.

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