[14], In September 2015, Gerwig met with Saoirse Ronan at the Toronto International Film Festival, where they were promoting Maggie's Plan and Brooklyn respectively. – Box Office Preview", "Thanksgiving B.O. Lady Bird is surprisingly set in a post-9/11 Sacramento in 2002 , which is an un-usual but refreshing era for a modern coming-of-age story. She’s so careful about what she allows to bubble up to the surface — watch how coyly she crushes on her teacher, or the generosity with which she allows her BFF to be the center of attention. Lady Bird Theatrical release poster Directed byGreta Gerwig Produced by Scott Rudin Eli Bush Evelyn O'Neill Written byGreta Gerwig Starring Saoirse Ronan Laurie Metcalf Tracy Letts Lucas Hedges Timothée Chalamet Beanie Feldstein Lois Smith Stephen McKinley Henderson Music byJon Brion CinematographySam Levy Edited byNick Houy Production company IAC Films Scott Rudin Productions … Official Sites She’s one of the best and most well-rounded movie moms ever, which is especially impressive considering that she spends most of her time off-screen pulling double shifts at the hospital just to keep her family from falling apart. Lady Bird is too busy thinking about herself to respond, but Julie forgives her for that. | Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! [33] It was released theatrically in the United States on November 3, 2017,[34] in the United Kingdom on February 16, 2018, and in Ireland on February 23, 2018. Lady Bird originally agrees, then changes her mind and speaks up, saying she actually does want to go to prom. At one point it was over 350 pages long, and had the working title Mothers and Daughters. The film also received eight nominations at the 23rd Critics' Choice Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Acting Ensemble. [39], The film had its official wide release on November 24, playing in 724 theaters and making $4 million over the weekend ($5.4 million over the five-day Thanksgiving frame), finishing eleventh. Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. Five weeks were spent on location in Los Angeles,[9] with additional shooting in New York City. Best Line: “Let’s be honest, I’ve had a dress for months. At the 90th Academy Awards, it was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Gerwig, Best Actress for Ronan, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Metcalf;[62] Gerwig became the fifth woman nominated in the Best Director category. From Lady Bird’s parents, to the priest who runs her school’s drama program, to the pretentious douche who pops her cherry (and even to his cancer-stricken dad), you could imagine Gerwig devoting an entire movie to virtually any member of her cast. [54] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone rated the film 3.5 out of four stars in which he deemed it as "simply irresistible" and complimented the film's plot and narrative while highlighting the performances of Ronan and Metcalf in which he stated as an "Oscar calling" and Gerwig's direction as "full-blown triumph". He’s not just Kyle, he’s Kyle Scheible. Lady Bird is a 2017 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig in her solo directorial debut. "[52] Peter Debruge of Variety praised Gerwig's direction and script as well as Ronan's performance. [4][59][60] In 2018, Lady Bird was awarded The ReFrame Stamp in the 2017 Narrative & Animated Feature category.[61]. | Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox. Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. At the same time, there’s something so moving about how delicately he intervenes, always doing what he can to bridge the gap between his wife and daughter and show them how much they love each other. Lady Bird learns she has been accepted into the New York college, and can afford tuition with financial aid with her father's help. And while his last name might seem like the only sincere thing about him, Lady Bird eventually discovers otherwise when she sees his terminally ill father dying in the living room. She calls home and leaves an apologetic voicemail for her mother, thanking her for everything she has done for her. (uncredited), Catholic School Girl [8] In 2015, Gerwig and her team secured financing from IAC Films, who produced the film alongside Scott Rudin Productions. (uncredited), Prospective Home-Buyer [46] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote the film was "simply beautiful" and "warm and inspired", hailing the performances of Ronan and Metcalf as well as Gerwig's direction and screenplay. [40] Expanding to 1,194 theaters the following week the film grossed $4.3 million, returning to eighth place. This is a story that’s told through a very particular lens; it’s not always the lens we would have chosen, but it’s the one that Gerwig gave us. It makes it possible for us to love them both, to share these characters’ hopes for themselves even when they use them to hurt one another. A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose roles in films like “Indignation” and “The Lovers” have made him as indispensable to the screen as he is to the stage, Tracy Letts plays Lady Bird’s dad as a dignified man who’s caught between two indomitable women. As Lady Bird grows closer to Kyle and Jenna, she gradually deserts Julie, and she drops out of the theater program. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, 2017, and was released in the United States on November 3, 2017, by A24. | [24] Filming began on August 30, 2016 in Sacramento, California for one week. Nice Girl: She's Ladybird's best friend. All rights reserved. At $268M, +3% Over 2016 Spurred By 'Coco' & Holdovers", "Fox Controls Close To 40% Of Weekend B.O. [17] Gerwig met with Lucas Hedges and offered him his choice of the male parts. At a house party, while kissing, Kyle implies to Lady Bird that he has never had sex; he denies having said this when she later loses her virginity to him, which upsets her, and she cries in her mom's arms afterwards. [18][19] Gerwig cast Laurie Metcalf after watching her theater work;[20] the rest of the cast—including Tracy Letts, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, John Karna and Jordan Rodrigues—was announced in September 2016. [35], Lady Bird grossed $49 million in the United States and Canada, and $29.7 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $78.6 million. She confronts Danny, but consoles him after he begins sobbing and expresses his struggle in coming out, and they become friends again. Maybe Lady Bird is her favorite student, or maybe Sister Sarah-Joan just makes all the girls feel that way because she’s come to learn the true value of paying attention to the people who need it. Those last two syllables really tell you everything you need to know. The brilliant Stephen Henderson gives us a good look at every one of them, packing an entire melodrama’s worth of raw emotion into just the way he begs Lady Bird’s mom not to tell her daughter how fragile he is. The character is defined by his quiet desperation (we’re told that he’s been living with depression for years), and it’s clear that he’s deeply hurt by his inability to provide for his family. [64] At the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards, it was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Ronan, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Metcalf, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.[65]. Interviews with leading film and TV creators about their process and craft. We don’t really learn the particulars of his sadness (there are rumors, but you know how those things take on a life of their own), but we don’t have to — whatever darkness he’s carrying with him, he can’t just take it off when he puts his collar on. [29] The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, 2017,[30] and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2017,[31] and at the New York Film Festival on October 8, 2017. Best line: “You’re gonna have so much unspecial sex in your life.”. [8] To prepare the cast and crew, Gerwig gave them her old high-school yearbooks, photos, and journals, as well as passages written by Joan Didion, and took them on a tour of her hometown. Best line: “Don’t you think maybe they are the same thing? “Scheible” isn’t a teen heartthrob; “Scheible” is the kind of shorthand that a writer might use to designate the resident dork in a bad workplace sitcom. And while it would have been so easy for this hella tight, very baller character to slip into parody (especially because one of his main jobs is to remind us that it’s 2003), Timothée Chalamet roots him in something real. [49] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 94 out of 100, based on reviews from 50 critics, indicating "universal acclaim. Not because she’s so desperate for friendship that she allows herself to be run over (well, not only because of that), but also because she has the perspective to see growing pains for what they are, and to judge people for their best selves instead of for their worst moments. [55] Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times called the film "unique and original and fresh and wonderful" and "appealing" while lauding the performances (particularly Metcalf and Letts) in which he remarked that "There’s no level of acting on a higher plane than what [Metcalf] and [Letts] achieve in this film.

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