Kate Erbland. So often, high school-set features tend to lean into the more fun side of those four years, building up to the big dance or the big test or the big graduation, and while Lady Bird is consumed with getting to the next step, she stumbles a lot on the way. From a fraught relationship with her mom Metcalf to a falling out with her best pal Feldstein to a very messy romantic life, Lady Bird is as authentic as they come. Like many girls her age, Minnie is struggling to find her place in the world, a journey made all the more difficult by her seemingly unstoppable hormones. Instead of responding with positivity and maturity, she basically implodes her entire life, all in the hopes of cratering the burgeoning relationship and hoarding Krista all to herself. In true coming-of-age fashion, once Nadine begins to realize that her projections of the world around her — and particularly the people around her — are false, she actually starts to grow as a person.
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Where are the epic women's coming of age screen stories?
Skip navigation! Story from Movies. Growing up is hard to do. Before "adulting" — that is, clumsily impersonating our role models and pretending we have our lives together — became a buzzword, we "came of age. Thankfully, we have movies to help guide us to adulthood. The best thing about coming-of-age movies is that you can watch them and get a better understanding of yourself today. The awkwardness of getting older is more than acne and puberty , and more than the milestones of academic life.
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Suzie Gibson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. There are some astonishing male coming of age films. Exceptional in concept, execution and exploration of events such as divorce, blended families, young love and painful separations, it offers a boy-turns-to-man perspective.
By Mackenzie Dawson. Even as the female characters navigated their way through awkward adolescence, the key to self-worth was getting boys to notice them. While frequently funny, the film is also by turns sad, dark, sweet and achingly realistic.