In 2017, Greta Gerwig released her solo directorial debut Lady Bird, a coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of a post-911 America that follows Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) through her final year of high school as she navigates friendships, desire, and a tense and complicated relationship with her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf).
Inspired by her own adolescence, Lady Bird is a love letter to Gerwig’s hometown of Sacramento, California – portrait of a young girl who only discovers her affection for the place she grew up in after leaving it behind. It’s a film that feels familiar, whether you went to Catholic school or grew up in community theater or went for weeks without speaking to your mom, and Gerwig manages to capture something so specific yet universal about growing up, falling in love, and figuring out who you really are. It is also a painfully realistic depiction of growing up without the comfort and safety of financial stability.
Though Greta Gerwig began her career as a key figure in the mumblecore movement, co-directing and co-writing Nights and Weekends along with Joe Swanberg, Lady Bird catapulted her into the mainstream. The movie was nominated at the 90th Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. The role of Lady Bird earned Saoirse Ronan her third Oscar nomination at just 23 years old.
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10. Any Time Kyle Says “That’s hella tight.”
In Lady Bird, Timothée Chalamet plays Kyle, the object of Lady Bird’s affection in the second half of the movie after her break up with Danny (Lucas Hedges). He’s cool, he smokes cigarettes, and, by his own admission, “hasn’t lied in two years.”
Timothée Chalamet’s delivery of his line “that’s hella tight” is nonchalant, yet dead serious – it’s hilarious and it highlights his incredible comedic timing as an actor.
One of the most endearing things about Lady Bird is how endlessly quotable it is, and this one is sure to get stuck in your head and refuse to leave.
9. Julie and Lady Bird Fight
One of the best things about Lady Bird is how stacked the cast is. From veteran actors like Laurie Metcalf and Tracey Letts, to rising stars like Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet, there’s no shortage of delightfully strong performances.
While Beanie Feldstein’s break out role came a few years later with Booksmart, Lady Bird put her on the map.
As Julie, Lady Bird’s self-conscious, shy best friend, Feldstein oozes sincerity and charm. but when Lady Bird ditches Julie to hang out with popular ribbon-wearing Jenna Walton (Odeya Rush), Julie finally gives Lady Bird a piece of her mind. The results are hilarious.
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