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November 3, 2017

At the Movies: ‘Lady Bird' shows a perfect slice of teenage life

AP Film Writer

Lady Bird is obsessed with place. Her place in the world, in her Catholic high school, in her school play, in her own family and in her unglamorous hometown of Sacramento (”the Midwest of California”) and the even more unglamorous part she lives in. She craves sophistication in a way that she can't quite put into words or actions, beyond a vague desire to go to an East Coast college, but is certain that whatever she has in her middle-class existence in 2002 isn't it.

She is selfish and self-centered in that very particular way that teenage girls, who can't yet comprehend that this is a phase that might pass, can be. And she is, quite simply, one of the more achingly realistic teenage characters that we've had the pleasure of meeting in a movie.

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