Ronise V. 🎄🎅’s review published on Letterboxd:
A high schooler from California wants to go to New York for college, despite "hating" Sacramento and her strong-willed mother.
OK, yeah... it's good. I don't know how else to put it. I'm probably 500 years late to this but it's truly terrific as everyone hyped it up to the gods. I did have to say, I thought I wasn't gonna not like it because of the overbearing hype, but thankfully I didn't. The main lead (I know I'm already gonna butcher her first name. I just know.) and Laurie Malcalf was great and the whole mother-daughter relationship was well developed the whole way through. As well as the rest of the young actors here; Lucas Hedges, Beanie Feldstein, Odeya Rush and Twitter's Resident Favorite White Boy: Timothee Chamalet. For some odd reason, it made me miss Catholic School and going to church, as things I've done when I was younger once upon a time. The very ending when Lady Bird finally calls her mother after they've been fighting and the montage got me teary eyed. And I've never thought of Sacramento being mid-western California in a way before. But that's to the credit of the cinematography of how the place is shot. You truly do start to appreciate the people and the place that raised you once you move out and venture into new experiences. Just like in my Soul review, beauty is in the mundane. And yes, I will check out Little Women, the second Ronan and Gerwig project collab (and Timothee too). Count on A24 to make stories that stick with you.
And nothing screams the early 2000s like that moment the movie played Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake.
Warning: Rated R. Some sex, no nudity, some profanity and no violence