‘Lady Bird’ is a wonderful coming-of-age story and one of 2017’s best films

If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while, you probably know I’m a sucker for a good coming-of-age story. Several, including “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “The Way Way Back” have made my annual Top 10 lists over the years. Another thing you might know is that I’m a big fan of actress Saoirse Ronan (pronounced Shorsha) for her work in “Brooklyn,” “Hannah” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” two of which also made my Top 10 lists.

So, when I heard Ronan was starring in the coming-of-age film “Lady Bird,” I knew I had to see it. I’m very glad I did, because the movie is not only wonderfully realistic, downright hilarious and incredibly heartfelt, it also happens to be one of the best films of 2017. Sometimes you find the perfect mix of performance and writing to deliver engaging characters living in a truly authentic world. This is one of those times.

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