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'Lady Bird' review: Saoirse Ronan in enchanting coming-of-age tale

'Lady Bird' review: Saoirse Ronan in enchanting coming-of-age tale

Already, writer-director Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” is contending with praise it can’t possibly live up to, and it’s a disservice to mislead anybody about its particular, disarming interplay of comedy and drama, which does not go for the throat.

But it’s not too strong a word: Most people who’ve seen “Lady Bird” love it. They love it. Truly love it.

I love it. If a more enchanted movie comes along this year, I’ll be surprised.

The love goes beyond appreciation of an impeccably made coming-of-age story. It transcends even the crucial matter of casting, which is magically right in “Lady Bird,” starting with Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf and Tracy Letts. What Gerwig...

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