Intimate, sincere, witty, and subtly poignant, Lady Bird follows the cadence of the thousands of bildungsromans (“coming-of-age”) stories before it, while also acting as a time-piece, in this case a 2002 retrospective, a la Boyhood. Yet, while adhering to the standard formula as we know it, the writing of Lady Bird proves to be its strongest point, inserting hilarious but understated commentary about Catholic schools (both positive and negative). Like how Boyhood reminisces in those summer days in Austin TX, Lady Bird is also a fantastic ode to Sacramento itself, doing so less overtly than the former. And of course, the film wouldn’t succeed without the incredible performances from Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, and Lucas Hedges.
I’m sorry I keep comparing Lady Bird to Boyhood, but that just goes to show how much I really liked it.