RK’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Money is not life's report card."
I really wanted to love this film, but it just wasn't anything spectacular. It's not bad by any means, but what exactly is there in this that we haven't seen before? This is not a profound coming-of-age film or even comedy for that matter. The conflicts are shallow as much as the script, the jokes are dry, and the screenplay just doesn't make any sense. She's lazy and still seems to succeed, and we don't see how that is possible throughout the movie because it doesn't focus on those aspects. If she's only 18 how does she get drunk, go to a hospital, and just walk out scotfree? Medical Amnesty laws exist so no need for arrest, but specifically consequences from the university or suspension. I just don't find myself attached to any character. It just felt like 90 minutes of nothing. Now, onto the good. Saoirse Ronan is so talented, and I very much see that here as she is perfect alongside Laurie Metcalf. To go along with the great performances, there is pretty solid cinematography and intimate shots. I wasn't a fan of the editing though, it was choppy and felt unorganized. It sounds like I despise this movie... not true at all. Lady Bird is lauded by the critics because it is the perfect film for them, but for the rest of us it's a fun watch that goes by quickly; however, it stands as one of the most overrated films I've ever seen.