Lady Bird

Lady Bird ★★★★½

One of the greatest coming of age films I have ever seen that also happens to have one of the best mother and daughter relationships as well. The way Gerwig weaves the minutiae of every scene into a larger tapestry is stunning. Characters reveal hidden depths and profundity at unexpected junctures. This thing covers a lot of ground since it moves at the pace of a breathless screwball comedy, but nothing ever gets the short end of the stick. Everything matters. The ending took me by surprise with its honesty and bittersweet revelations. No sappy "everything is perfect" bullshit, just the dawn of a world of possibilities that only really opens up when you come to terms with your roots. Love and hate is a thinner line than some realize. Some of the best acting and directing all year. MVP is Bruce the star doe. "Bruce!"

P.S. This review is dedicated to Cole Smithey, The Smartest Film Critic in the World.

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