Ladybird Produces New Reliability on the Big Screen

By Abby Chovan

Art by Victoria Roberts

Though a film without much buzz, Ladybird is a tale of the 21st century about a mother and daughter and how they thrive and flounder from the toils of life at the same time. It is a story that anyone could relate back to their own lives.

The actors who began the on-screen journey were Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. In the opening scene they both cry over an audio recording of their favorite book, one that holds many memories between the two. Though this sweet moment captures the room, an argument erupts that is recognizable to most family fights that many people face. As the movie progresses, it centers around these two women and their stubborn personalities that cause them to make life a little more dramatic than it has to be. Christine, known by her self given nickname Ladybird, is played by Ronan herself. The girl goes through teenage troubles of dating and wanting to go to her dream colleges in New York, but her lower-middle class society standing and home life has her in fear of forever living in her hometown of Sacramento.

One specific struggle Christine has is wanting to be seen as a popular girl, but seeing as she’s friends with the less popular crowd, it is hard to do so. She struggles with wanting to remain friends with her “oddball” group of theatre kids and wanting to experience living a wild life as a smoking, partying, and all around fashionable 2002 teen.

This movie strikes a cord with many teens today, dreaming of an opportunity to get away from their normal lives. There seems to be a character for every person to relate to in this movie, with its wide range of lovable and relatable people to choose from. It especially shines on mother-daughter relationships and how they aren’t all clean and perfect.

Media has often portrayed these family relationships, but never have they escalated to this level. It seems as if most movies try to hide the problems instead of address them, leaving them in the dark and instead creating a satirical escape for upset people around the world to turn to for a good laugh. However, the film Ladybird addresses the real ugly truth and left some audience members in tears, feeling so much meaning behind the screaming matches and contrasting gentle lectures that Christine and her mother share.

Among teens now is the debate over sexual relationships and when it is acceptable to begin one. The film address many different viewpoints on the subject, ranging from views on abstinence to a seemingly care-free opinion that one of Christine’s boyfriends had.

While this movie has many reasons to bare its R rating, it is one that teens and adults alike can appreciate and relate to. It’s a tale of first loves, chasing dreams, and utter ambition that we cannot find easily anywhere else. It left many of viewers in awe at the end, a few sitting in an almost comical thinking position. As a couple of sobbing and hugging mothers and daughters filtered out, a few sat with hands on their knees, pondering. As Christine had just finished a heartfelt apologetic call to her mother and the movie ended with a shaky inhale, viewers left in provoked thought that the beginning had brought, bringing everyone involved full circle.

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