Lady Bird ★★★★½

Eighteen is a messy age. You think you're an adult. (You aren't.) You think you know better than everyone else. (You don't.) You think every decision you make will impact your life forever. (It won't.) As much as the character of Lady Bird outwardly presents herself as unique, she's just like every other eighteen-year-old inside.

Lady Bird will take you right back to being on that fragile cusp of adulthood. I'm in that headspace while writing this. Which is why I'm about to make this review about me, like any eighteen-year-old would.

This isn't really a true critique since the film itself is so damn good, and this may come off as selfish, but I am definitely craving a mainstream coming-of-age film that is about .... um ..... non-white girlhood. Obviously it's semi-autobiographical about Greta Gerwig's own coming-of-age, and she totally deserves to tell her own personal story. White Catholicism is just such a different culture than what I'm used to, but I do think it's so important that white Catholic girls get to have this movie and I don't want to detract from that! Also, Lady Bird can totally be read as intersectional due to its focus on a lower-class family, another identity that is too often underrepresented and misrepresented in film.

I could still vigorously relate to the character of Lady Bird. I too did theater and had a high school boyfriend who was THE theater star. I too had a brief fling with a pretentious boy in a band who treated me like garbage and wouldn't go to prom with me. I too would do silly things just to maintain my ~quirky~ image. I too was intelligent but had less-than-stellar grades because high school wasn't an environment that I could comfortably learn in. This story is one of the few that can transcend identity politics and become universal.

Honestly, I suppose I'm just jealous, but I do wish that there was an Asian or Mixed-Race Greta Gerwig who could tell my coming-of-age story with such tact, such wit, such honesty and candidness. Guess it's up to me to write it!

PS. I love love love that so many Letterboxd reviews of Lady Bird are from girls and women who feel like their lived experiences are actually being represented on screen!!! Truly, my heart is so full. After everything we ladies have been through this year, we DESERVED this masterpiece!

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