Best new Netflix movies and shows – 6. Lady Bird
Release Year: 2017
Directed By: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Lois Smith, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Odeya Rush, Jordan Rodriguez, Marielle Scott, Andy Buckley
Release Date: Wednesday, June 3
Not to impose a bias on your Netflix binge-watching, but this month, the movie selection doesn’t get much better than Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. Maybe it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but it should be and it could be if you give it a necessary watch in June. The Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning film has the legs to become one of the defining movies of the modern era, and it’s meme-ability (“It’s the titular role!”) doesn’t hurt either. Make some room on your watch list for Lady Bird, one of this month’s best new release movies, or she’ll just barrel roll into it anyway.
Taking place in 2002, Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan as the titular character, who otherwise goes by her birth name of Christine McPherson. Lady Bird’s goals and ambitions often cause conflict with her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf), who doesn’t see eye-to-eye with her strong-willed teenage daughter. Through first loves, first crushes and first fights with her best friend, Lady Bird learns important lessons about herself and her mother that will ultimately help guide her on her confidently complicated path of growing up too quickly.
Lady Bird comes as the directorial debut of Greta Gerwig, who also directed last year’s Best Picture nominee Little Women. Upon release, the coming-of-age dramedy earned overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and holds an incredible 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. On top of its critical acclaim, Lady Bird was also a box office success and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. Don’t miss your chance to see a modern classic on Netflix this June.