10. Lady Bird is also the name of the family dog on the King of the Hill animated television series, that ran on the Fox network from January of 1997 to May of 2010.
9. NBA hall of famer Charles Barkley has called Sacramento a "cow town" on more than one occasion.
8. Director Greta Gerwig has been dating writer/director Noah Baumbach (Greenberg) since 2011.
7. This is the first film where Lucas Hedges can be seen making out with another young man in a bathroom stall.
6. Frustrated at the constant mispronunciation of her Irish name, Saoirse Ronan took to explaining it during her intro monologue on a December 2017 episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL).
5. Laurie Metcalf also played a mother in the 1997 film Scream 2. ***SPOILER ALERT*** She was one of the killers! ***END OF SPOILER ALERT***
4. As with most of the cast, Tracy Letts is not from Sacramento, California.
3. Located on J Street, the Club Raven has been Ranked #13 of 89 for Best Neighborhood Bar by the Sacramento A-List.
2. Is the 58th film in the A24 catalogue.
1. There are over forty Catholic schools in the greater Sacramento area.
Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig first met each other at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015 when Ronan was promoting Brooklyn (2015) and Gerwig was promoting Maggie's Plan (2015). Ronan had already read Gerwig's script and instantly connected with the titular character, so when both women discussed the script at length in Ronan's hotel room and she read the key part aloud, Gerwig knew that she had found her "Lady Bird."
The film is Greta Gerwig's solo feature directorial debut.
According to director Greta Gerwig, the first draft of her script was 350 pages long, which would equate to a movie nearly six hours long.
Director Greta Gerwig suggested to Saoirse Ronan not cover up her acne for the film.
This was the highest-grossing film of the production company A24, as of December 2017.
Director Greta Gerwig said in an interview that she would have preferred the film to be "just close-ups of Saoirse Ronan's face" because of her immense beauty.
Noah Baumbach offered to direct the movie but Greta Gerwig refused. Gerwig had written a script and when she showed an early version to Baumbach, he offered to direct it. He also asked if he could help her finish writing it. Gerwig said he "wanted to absorb it." She thought about it for two weeks and then declined, having decided to direct it herself.
The lead character is named Christine after director Greta Gerwig's mother, Christine Gerwig. In addition, the mother in the film, Marion (played by Laurie Metcalf), is a nurse, just as Christine is in real life.
Lady Bird (2017) temporarily broke the record held by Toy Story 2 (1999) (163 reviews, all "fresh") of the best-reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, with 196 "fresh" reviews in a row. However, it ended up getting its first "rotten" review after counting 197, therefore no longer holding a perfect score. It maintains a 100% rating for Top Critics.
Greta Gerwig has said that she herself was the polar opposite of her lead character "Lady Bird" when she was growing up. She was strait-laced and not at all rebellious.
Nearly all of the songs sung in the audition scene were written by Stephen Sondheim, who also composed the musical they end up performing, "Merrily We Roll Along." The audition songs include "Being Alive" from "Company," "Everybody Says Don't" from "Anyone Can Whistle," and "Giants in the Sky" from "Into the Woods."
The fact that Christine (Saoirse Ronan) and best friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein) wear the same color of nail polish is pure coincidence. Then, since there was a considerable degree of improvisational latitude allowed for character development on-set, a decision was made to have them wear the same polish color for the entire film.
Saoirse Ronan has said that the most difficult word for her to pronounce with an American accent was "perfect."
Saoirse Ronan drew some "inspiration" for her American high school scenes from her memories of watching Saved by the Bell (1989) as a young girl.
Greta Gerwig chose her DP Sam Levy based on her pleasant collaborative work experiences with him as an actress in Frances Ha (2012), Maggie's Plan (2015) and Mistress America (2015).
Lucas Hedges and Saoirse Ronan previously appeared in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), though they did not share any scenes.
Opened the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival where it received a rapturous standing ovation after its premiere.
Throughout the film, a small poster of the movie Rushmore (1998) can be seen on the wall of Lady Bird's bedroom. Saoirse Ronan, who played Lady Bird, worked with that movie's director, Wes Anderson, on The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and co-star Lucas Hedges appeared in Anderson's films Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). Anderson also co-wrote the movies The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) with Noah Baumbach, who is the current romantic partner of Greta Gerwig, this movie's writer and director.
After the movie came out, billboard ads were put up in Sacramento congratulating director Greta Gerwig on her Golden Globe wins, with the hashtag "#SacramentoProud."
The working title for the film was "Mothers and Daughters."
The film takes place from 2002 to 2003, the time when Greta Gerwig herself graduated from St. Francis Catholic High School in her hometown of Sacramento, California.
The film cast includes four Oscar nominees: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet.
The term "Lady Bird" is by far best known in American cultural history as the nickname of Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson, the wife of the 36th United States President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ). This movie has nothing to do with President Johnson or "Lady Bird" Johnson. However, it was coincidentally released in U.S. theaters the same weekend as Rob Reiner's biopic LBJ (2016).
Lucas Hedges and Stephen Henderson previously appeared in Manchester by the Sea (2016).
Due to speculation by many fans of the film, Timothée Chalamet, who played Kyle, made it clear on an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) that he is "nothing like his character" in Lady Bird (2017).
Director Greta Gerwig finished writing the script at the end of 2013.
Lady Bird (2017) premiered at the 2017 Telluride Film Festival.
Lady Bird has pictures of Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney on her wall which happen to be punk rock girl bands from the Riot Grrrl movement that initiated in the early 90s. Coincidentially, Greta Gerwig has worked with Kathleen Hanna, who is considered the pioneer of the Riot Grrrl movement, in the film "Maggie's Plan" where Kathleen makes a cameo appearance.
Director Greta Gerwig's script was first greenlit by Scott Rudin after an eleven-hour deliberation with his producing partner Eli Bush.
This was the second movie in which Saoirse Ronan had played a character who insists on using a name other than their given one ("Lady Bird" instead of Christine). The first was How I Live Now (2013). ("Daisy" instead of Elizabeth)
The movie features the song "As We Go Along" by The Monkees, which was recorded for their 1968 cult classic "Head." Written by Carole King and Toni Stern, it was recorded in Hollywood at Wally Heider's on May 30 and Original Sound on August 1, 1968. Micky Dolenz sang the lead vocal and regularly performed the song as he continued to tour. Neil Young is also featured on the song playing lead guitar.
Although it is never stated which New York college Lady Bird was accepted to, the colors (blue and white on the admissions packet) and the geography (upper Manhattan) match Barnard College. This is the alma mater of writer/director Greta Gerwig.
Greta Gerwig encouraged the actors to keep secrets about their characters from her.
In the film, Lady Bird applies to Columbia University and later learns she was not accepted. Timothée Chalamet, who played Kyle in the film, actually went to Columbia University for one year before deciding to drop out and focus on acting.
Lady Bird (2017)
R | 1h 34min | Comedy, Drama | 1 December 2017 (USA)
In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.
Director: Greta Gerwig
Writer: Greta Gerwig
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts