Lady Bird ★★★★½

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film festivals are fun because sometimes you get a heads up that a lot of people are about to have a new favorite movie. this is one of those times.

beyond being hilarious, unflinchingly honest, and performed to perfection, Gerwig's debut is just so, *so* smart about growing up, leaving home, reconciling teenage flippancy with parental gratitude, how class infects self-identity, and the enduring power of a certain Dave Matthews Band song. also, Tracy Letts drops one of the greatest, most understated f-bombs in film history.

a movie that audiences should be discovering and holding onto for a long time to come… hopefully it fares better than THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN.