"Lady Bird" is a relatable film for upperclassmen who are nearly done with their high school careers and are preparing for their futures.
“Lady Bird” is a fairly recent coming of age movie that has become increasingly popular amongst kids on TikTok. This film is perfect for Juniors and Seniors in high school who aren’t entirely sure what they’re doing with their lives yet. It will certainly make viewers feel more comfortable with their future plans, and may even ease the anxieties of kids leaving the house for the first time in their lives.
Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson is a senior in high school who is struggling to finalize her plans for college. Lady Bird wants to go to the East coast, but her mother wants her to stay in Sacramento for college, mostly because of the difference in cost. Lady Bird goes behind her mothers back and applies to colleges on the East coast, as well as applying for financial aid and scholarships.
On top of Lady Bird’s search for the right college, she is also trying to navigate the end of her high school career just like everyone else. With a complete change in direction of her life, Lady Bird abandons her closest friend in order to become more popular. She starts spending more time around richer kids from her school who are less interested in their future plans.
“Lady Bird” takes place in 2002 meaning that the characters are obviously experiencing the world in a different way from teenagers now, but this doesn’t stop the movie from being relatable and comforting to kids currently in high school. The dynamics between friends and families feel fairly realistic, and the fact that Lady Bird is just trying to finish high school and move on with her life also feels very realistic. One important part of “Lady Bird” is the fact that one of the focusing points of the movie is Lady Bird trying to figure out how she is going to afford college. Not many movies show the struggle with financial aid and scholarships, but the main conflict of “Lady Bird” revolves almost entirely around that.
I highly recommend “Lady Bird” to any upperclassmen who are feeling a little bittersweet about finishing high school and passing all of these milestones in their lives. And to any underclassmen, I recommend the movie simply just because it’s a good movie to watch this summer.
“Lady Bird” is available for you to watch on Netflix.