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Greta Gerwig’s, “Lady Bird”

A film about everything growing up

By Jasmine López, Editor

This 2017 coming of age film is about a high school senior, Christine McPherson, who prefers to go by Lady Bird.

“Lady Bird, is that your name given?”


“Why is it in quotes”

-“I have it to myself. It’s given to me by me.”

The plot revolves around her strong desire to leave Sacramento, California for college. She attends a Catholic high school where her rebellious attitude isn’t supported by the school’s conservative outlook. The film has a great cast including Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet from Call Me by Your Name, and Lucas Hedges from Manchester by the Sea. The film is heavily influenced by the director’s, Greta Gerwig’s, upbringing in Sacramento. She says it isn’t autobiographical but does hold some truth from her adolescence. Lady Bird isn’t like every other film about a teenager wanting to leave their hometown. Lady Bird herself may come across as difficult by some, for she always proclaims her own individuality- even though at times she doesn’t necessarily know what this means. She is a complex figure, contradicting herself but being relatable and idealistic. This film covers everything from difficulties of being in the lower-middle class to young adults coming to terms with their sexuality. Gerwig’s directorial debut is far from disappointing and should be welcomed to every family’s living room

See the source image Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird

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Jasmine López, Editor

Jasmine López is currently a senior in the International Baccalaureate Program at Modesto High. This is her third year writing for the Panther Press...

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Greta Gerwig’s, “Lady Bird”