The film takes place during Lady Bird's senior year. We meet her best friend, witness her good and bad experiences in her romantic relationships, and dive deeper into her family life. Greta Gerwig manages to squeeze in a year's worth of events without the film feeling stagnant or rushed. She spaces the events in a way that all aspects of Lady Bird's life are given ample focus, instead of leaning heavily on one factor. The film did highlight her relationship with her mother, as she saw her mother as her life's antagonist.
Saoirse Ronan gives a fantastic performance. Her performance has range, and the role feels refreshing since she doesn't seem to do a lot of contemporary films. She also played well against Laurie Metcalf. Their performances are the strongest when they share the screen. Metcalf was wonderful as Lady Bird's mother. While the film is written for the audience to root for Lady Bird, Marion McPherson is written as someone that the audience understands.