Lady Bird movie quotes provide the dialogue to the film about one young woman who comes of age and struggles with the usual family, friends and future issues. The comedy-drama was written and directed by Greta Gerwig, who based the story, in part, on her own upbringing. Lady Bird opened theatrically in the United States on November 3, 2017.
In Lady Bird, Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is a 17-year-old teen with the typical teenager issues. She cannot get along with her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf) and some of her friends (including Lucas Hedges and Beanie Feldstein). She also sees life a bit differently than many teenagers and has given herself the name Lady Bird as a representation of that.
So as she looks ahead to the future she wants for herself, Christine begins applying for colleges, including those out of state, and explores her sexuality. Against her parents' wishes, Christine selects a college across the country from home, something that allows her the perspective to see life in a new light.
Is That Your Given Name?
Father Leviatch: Lady Bird, is that your given name?
Christine McPherson: Yeah
Father Leviatch: Why is it in quotes?
Christine McPherson: I gave it to myself. It’s given to me by me.
As she auditions for the school theater, Christine explains a bit about her given name. Though she gave it to herself, Christine sees Lady Bird as who she really is.
The Best Version of Yourself
Marion McPherson: I want you to be the best version of yourself.
Christine McPherson: What if this is the best version?
When Marion explains that she only wants the best for Christine, Christine throws an alternate idea into the conversation. Christine may think she has peaked but Marion knows that's far from true.
I Hate California
Christine McPherson: I hate California. I want to go to the East Coast. I want to go where culture is like New York.
Marion McPherson: How in the world did I raise such a snob?
Christine McPherson: Or at least Connecticut or New Hampshire where writers live in the woods
Marion McPherson: You wouldn’t get into those schools anyway.
Christine McPherson: Mom!
Marion McPherson: You should just go to City College. You know, with your work ethic just go to City College and then to jail and then back to City College and then maybe you’d learn to pull yourself up and not expect everybody to do everything.
This argument between Christine and her mother, Marion, in these Lady Bird movie quotes pretty much sums up their tense relationship. They see life differently and, in this case, causes Christine to jump out of a moving car.
What I'd Really Like
Guidance Counselor: So you’re not interested in any catholic colleges.
Christine McPherson: No way, I want schools like Yale, but not Yale because I probably couldn’t get in.
Guidance Counselor: You definitely couldn’t get in.
Christine McPherson: What I’d really like is to be on Math Olympiad.
Nun: But math isn’t something you’re terribly strong in.
Christine McPherson: That we know of yet
In separate conversations with school officials, Christine explains what she wants to do with her life. These Lady Bird movie quotes provide examples of just a bit of what Christine and others her age, deal with.