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YMMV / Ladybird

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Julie really just Lady Bird's neglected and loyal best friend who finally stands up for herself? Or is she overly sensitive and a little jealous? She takes it to heart pretty badly when Lady Bird merely opts to hang out with Jenna instead of her and not audition for the play, and immediately clings to a "new" friend that she once made fun of. Then again, with how much Lady Bird complains about her own weight and downplays Julie's part in the play — not to mention fails to notice Julie's pained crush on her teacher — she may have a point in dumping her as a friend.
  • Award Snub:
    • Greta Gerwig didn't get a nomination for Best Director at the 2018 Golden Globes, though she ultimately received directing nominations at the Directors' Guild and the Oscars, making her the fifth female director to be nominated.
    • The film was nominated in five categories at the 2018 Oscars—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan) and Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf)—but didn't win any. It and The Post were the only Best Picture nominees to go home empty-handed.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Is Marion a refreshingly realistic and complex parent who shows mothers can be both good and flawed, or an abuser who rarely misses a chance to whittle away at Lady Bird's tenuous self-esteem and agency?
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Lady Bird making up with Julie on prom night and being her date.
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    • Danny apologizing to Lady Bird and her promising not to tell anyone he's gay.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!: The film's first negative review (currently, there are only four) on Rotten Tomatoes came from critic Cole Smithey, whose review stated that while he did enjoy the film, he decided it to give it a bad review simply because he felt it didn't "deserve" a 100%. The Internet's reaction was predictable, especially as Smithey already possessed a reputation as Snark Bait for both negatively reviewing Toy Story 3 and for being the half-brother of the creator of the infamous webcomic Sonichu.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Michael Keaton, aka Birdman, announcing Lady Bird as winner for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy at the 2018 Golden Globes.
    • In 2016, Greta Gerwig starred in the Jackie Kennedy biopic, Jackie, which features Lady Bird Johnson as a character.
    • Lucas Hedges plays a gay teenager from a religious family. He later plays a similar role in Joel Edgerton's Boy Erased.
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  • Hollywood Homely: It's a little weird for a character played by Saoirse Ronan to be fawning insecurely over the looks of another character or gripe that she doesn't look like "the girls in the magazines." This combined with the fact that she has to instigate all of her romantic encounters suggests that she's supposed to be less attractive than she was cast.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Ladybird - while she's often self-centred and temperamental at times, there will be other moments where you just want to give the poor girl a hug.
  • Les Yay: Oh, so much between Lady Bird and Julie.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Marion is meant to come off as a very, very flawed mother, but still a good one, but many people find her to be needlessly cruel to Lady Bird, sometimes to the point of emotional abuse. While Lady Bird can certainly be difficult, Marion is often way nastier than she is, leading a lot of viewers to conclude that she really didn't deserve the apology she got in the end.
  • The Woobie: Poor Larry. The guy loses his job, suffers from depression, and yet helping his little girl (whether she deserves it or not) is still first and foremost for him.


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