During Women’s History Month, the perfect film for mothers and daughters to see is Lady Bird. This critically acclaimed movie is about the tumultuous relationship between a mother and a daughter. Even thought the movie is fictional, it mirrors real life. Saoirse Ronan plays the role of Christine McPherson. Her nickname is “Lady Bird.” She is a teenager, growing up in Sacramento, California, in her Senior year of high school who must decide what college she will attend. Possessing an adventurous spirit, she wants to go to school out of state.
Laurie Metcalf, who plays the role of Marion McPherson, is Lady Bird’s mother in the film. Being a little overprotective of her daughter, she wants Christine to go to school in California. She always gives her daughter good advice. As Christine transitions from adolescence into adulthood, it is ultimately up to her to make her own decisions.
Across our nation, every year mothers feel some stress when their daughters become Seniors in high school. As any good mother, they worry about whether their daughter is strong enough to handle the pressures of life. They are also concerned that their daughter will make the right choices. Not only does this film describe the struggles of a teenage girl, it also salutes mothers who provide emotional and economic support for their families.
During Women’s History Month, we should remember who guided us to the path of womanhood. Often viewed as an unsung hero, the person who helped us become a strong woman was our mom. If we did not have a mother in our life, then maybe it was our dad, another family member, a close friend or a mentor who helped us become a woman.
Even though Christine and her mom had a rocky relationship, they still shared a very close bond. Even when Marion becomes upset because Lady bird decides to go to New York University, you can see that she still loves her daughter very much.
In real life, mothers and daughters do get into arguments. Just like in any other relationship, it is normal to have quarrels. Mothers and daughters often have different personalities. They may also have distinct philosophies of life as well as goals and dreams. Despite the fact that most of us love our mom, we do follow our heart just like the character of Lady Bird did in the film.
For portraying such an accurate portrait of a mother and daughter relationship, the film, Lady Bird, was not unnoticed by critics. At the 70th Golden Globe Awards, this picture won for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy. Saoire Ronan won the Golden Globe for Best Actress. In addition to winning other awards, Lady Bird won three British Academy Film Awards.
At the 90th Academy Awards, Lady Bird was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Greta Gerwig, who spent years meticulously writing the script of Lady Bird, received a well deserved Oscar nomination.
Since Gerwig inspired the best in all of the actors of Lady Bird, Saoire Ronan and Laurie Metcalf both received Oscar nominations at the 2018 Academy Awards. Even though these two ladies did not win an Oscar, in the eyes of moms and daughters worldwide they are Oscar winners.
Still playing in theaters today, Lady Bird is doing well at the box office. As of March 13, 2018, Lady Bird has grossed $48.7 million in the United States and Canada. With a budget of $10 million, Lady Bird has earned $64.9 million globally.
At the end of the film, Lady Bird reaches an epiphany during her first week at New York University. She made her mistakes, but she learned from them. She remembers her mom and her hometown of Sacramento, California. In her mind, she hears her mother’s advice and decides to call her mom to thank her. As she finally reaches the emotional maturity of a woman, we know that her mom did a good job raising her. Praising all moms, this film will also be an ideal DVD to see, with your mom, on Mother’s Day.