How "Lady Bird" Speaks Truth To Catholic School Girls Everywhere

How "Lady Bird" Speaks Truth To Catholic School Girls Everywhere

Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age film is everything you want and more.

By now, you've heard of "Lady Bird" , Greta Gerwig's critically acclaimed film that broke the Rotten Tomatoes record just last week for the most positively reviewed film on the site, with a 100% fresh rating. It beat "Toy Story 2". Skeptical? Don't be.

The coming-of-age film chronicles Christine McPherson, portrayed exquisitely by Saoirse Ronan , and her senior year of high school in 2002. Except Christine doesn't like to be called Christine. She much prefers Lady Bird, her so-called given name in that "I gave it to myself, it was given to me by me," she says with conviction.

She struggles to strike the perfect balance for which we all yearn at the end of adolescence; striving for independence but still depending on her family, changing and unchanging in a simultaneous fashion that is both troubling and somehow soothing as she moves towards graduation day.

We witness the heartwarming but turbulent nature of Lady Bird's relationship with her mother Marion (Laurie Metcalf), the heartwrenching honesty of her first loves, and the thrilling agony of the American college process. But perhaps the most dazzling magic of Ms. Gerwig's semi-autobiographical film comes from the place we are least expecting it: a Catholic, all-girls high school.

The script is so honest and well-written, accompanied by visuals so beautifully raw and real, that I could have not envisioned a more perfect depiction of this setting. It's in the details: your skirt isn't always perfectly straight, and you never wear makeup (thank you, Saoirse, for showing your acne). You try out for the school musical but never have to worry because they never make cuts, even if it means making up parts for people to play. You go to church and you get to sit with your friends, you get in trouble for a too-short skirt, and you would rather wear a sweatshirt than a sweater vest on any day.

You meet boys from your brother school and go to dances with them. But your true romances are found in your best friends who wear your uniform. And they just might be a better prom date than a boy could ever be.

This movie has my heart, and it speaks truth to anyone similar to me, not used to seeing a version of myself on the movie theater screen. A blissful 94 minutes of nothing short of perfection and truth. See "Lady Bird" while you can. And then see it a second time, because you'll want to.

Cover Image Credit: Vimeo

Popular Right Now

15 Texts We'd Get From Dogs If They Had Thumbs

"If you're reading this, send Milk Bones."

Let's be real, anyone who has a dog knows that it if we could, we would text our dogs all day long. If they could text us, our thread would look something like...

1. "Are you coming home soon?! Let's go out!"

2. "So not to be weird... but you never ended up answering me last night... Am I the good boy? Idk I just want to be clear on our relationship I don't want to be lead on if I'm not."

3. "The cat is being such a bit** I literally can't stand her"

4. "Hey, just wondering, are you going to wear those black booties tonight? If you are, I'll chew the zipper out of the brown ones instead."

5. "Okay, so don't freak out, but something not so chill happened on the rug..."

6. "Are there any leftovers in the trash? I'm not gonna get into it, I was just curious. Love u."

7. "If you're reading this... bring Milk Bones."

8. "Hey, what's for dinner tonight?! Purina again?"

9. "Miss you!!"

10. "Are you gonna eat that food on the counter or is that for everyone? Asking for the cat."

11. "I LOVE YOU"

12. "OMG, I can't wait for you to come home on break! Can you sleep in the guest room tho? Mom said I could have your room when you moved out. Love u!"

13. "Ice cream date later?!"

14. "We should go for a walk I need to get my ass back in shape for summer. You should be my workout buddy!"

15. "Netflix and chill tonight?"

Cover Image Credit: Salon

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is The Must-See And Must-Hear Movie Of 2018

If you haven't yet seen the new Queen movie, when you do, you definitely won't regret it.


"Bohemian Rhapsody" was hands down one of the best movies we have seen in a long time.

Focused on the life of Freddie Mercury and his career as the lead singer of the well-known rock band Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody paid a great tribute to the late singer. Rami Malek plays Freddie with extreme talent, there wasn't one moment throughout the movie that I thought anyone else could've played the part.

If you don't know who Rami Malek is, this was not his first movie, he played in the Twilight Saga's "Breaking Dawn" (parts one and two) and also in multiple "Night at the Museum" movies. Also featured in the movie were Mike Meyers, and Allen Leech ("Downton Abbey's" Tom Branson).

It cannot be said that Rami didn't channel Freddie's personality.

The actor and the movie itself did a great job as portraying Freddie as the legend he truly was. It walked us through a brief mention of Freddie's humble upbringing as Farrokh Bulsara and the very beginnings of Queen, to the Live Aid concert at the Wembley Stadium in London six years before his passing. Watching the movie, you feel all of the emotion, the confusion, the love, the eccentric personality of Mercury, and the sense of family the band really had despite disagreements they had throughout their career.

Of course, I wasn't even born when Queen was performing, so in a way, I feel it might not have affected me emotionally quite as much as the way it affected many others in the theater. With laughter, tears, and even clapping, we were all engulfed in the life and career of Freddie Mercury.

Although some things may have been a little more dramatized or even underplayed, such as Freddie's sexuality, relationships, and the other band members' lives it was a great movie. In my opinion, even without those aspects, you could still relate and feel what Freddie was feeling, it did touch on a few relationships, however, this was not the focus of the movie and I don't feel it needed to be.

While the "Tomatometer" on Rotten Tomatoes only gave the movie a 60%, the "Audience Score," shows that 94% rated the movie with a score of 3.5 stars or higher. Some people who left reviews on IMDB felt the movie should have shown more of Freddie's life after Live Aid, and another review of only 3/10 stars claimed, "This move comes off like a LIFETIME film and not a serious Queen or Freddy Mercury Biopic for the big screen." Despite reviews such as this where people claimed to be disappointed, from the 55,071 user ratings, the movie earned an 8.4/10.

Related Content

Facebook Comments