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Thoughts on the Movie "Lady Bird" and the Portrayal of the College Search Process

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  • Midwest67Midwest67 2838 replies11 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,849 Senior Member
    Our D went to Catholic HS, and even on scholarship, it was difficult for us to scrape together the money. I was picking up extra work here and there, living frugally, hoping my car would hang in there. I could SO relate to the mom & the financial pressures in LB.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 20426 replies209 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20,635 Senior Member
    +1 for the latter. :)
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  • doschicosdoschicos 20426 replies209 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20,635 Senior Member
    Do you advise your young clients on their romantic lives as well, @Hanna? Could be a lucrative side hustle. :D
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  • calmomcalmom 20436 replies166 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20,602 Senior Member
    I don't think the discussion regarding the incredible price of 40k started till 2007, 2008.

    Barnard is wonderful about posting stats online -- so here's a printout showing tuition back to 2005-2006:

    Tuition: $29,364
    Total COA: $41,802

    If you are mathy, then the total COA seems to have been going up on average $2500 per year, with roughly $2000 yearly attributable to tuition. So extrapolating back I'd guess the that three years earlier, for 2002-2003, I'd guess around $23K for tuition, $34K for overall COA.

    I know from my own records that NYU costs were pretty much on par with Barnard -- though a little tricker because NYU of a wider range of housing options.
    as much as in real life most of us would never advise financing college through HELOC,

    Honestly, have you read the financial aid threads? This is a very common financing vehicle -- look at the PLUS loan thread.-- which is largely a discussion of HELOC vs. PLUS. Plenty of CC families do it and also advocate that route for others.


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  • calmomcalmom 20436 replies166 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20,602 Senior Member
    If the movie was meant to suggest that LB applied and was admitted to 4-year California publics besides Davis, it did a poor job of conveying that.

    There is a difference between "applied" and "admitted". I don't know where the mom would have taken LB on their college tour but to California public campuses somewhat farther afield than UCD -- and very hard to believe that she wouldn't have applied to multiple campuses-- again it's just a matter of checking a couple of extra boxes on a form. But it's quite plausible that from the campuses she chose, UCD was the only one that admitted her.

    Despite her grousing I think that without post-waitlist admission, Lady Bird would have gone off to UC Davis -- just as I am sure my own daugher would have gone to UCSB or UCSC despite the fact that she showed no interest whatsoever and refused to even consider visiting. Bottom line, that would have been the choice she had vs. living at home and commuting. That's real life too, especially here on CC -- students are always faced with the disappointment of not getting into or not being able to afford their dream colleges, and ending up attending their safeties. So I think its simplistic to take statements made by movie characters literally -- rather, the character's words reflected their emotions at the time.
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  • calmomcalmom 20436 replies166 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20,602 Senior Member
    Here's the link to the tuiton schedule that I forgot to post in #51 above:
    https://barnard.edu/sites/default/files/stu12_tuition_and_fees_4.27.17.pdf
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  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18312 replies322 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18,634 Senior Member
    There was a scene where LB opened up the website showing what UC schools she was admitted to. There were three listed. Two of them were colored salmon and one was colored green. She stares at the screen and is angry/disappointed that she was only accepted at Davis. It's the scene when she then accuses her brother Miguel of playing the race card -- he was accepted at Berkeley, she says, because he's Hispanic. He says he never checked the box, but she points out that his name is Miguel, so he didn't have to.
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  • scout59scout59 3469 replies67 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,536 Senior Member
    Oh, her gay boyfriend. SPOILER: I loved the scene where Danny comes by the coffee shop where Lady Bird is working to beg her forgiveness and then beg her not to tell anyone. I think I cried a little myself when he started crying in her arms.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 20426 replies209 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20,635 Senior Member
    Great scene, @scout59. Lucas Hedges is an amazing young actor. He and Timothee Chalamet are my two favorite newish young male actresses and to think they are both in this movie!
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  • doschicosdoschicos 20426 replies209 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20,635 Senior Member
    edited February 2018
    *actors not actresses. Doh! #-o
    edited February 2018
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  • nukesmomnukesmom 37 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    I'm a bit of pop culture junkie and loved this movie (my favorite of the year) - mostly because it captures the complexities of teenage life and relationships at a pivotal point (senior year of HS). I especially love the relationship with her best friend - their falling out after she wanted to be associated with a "cool/popular girl," but her friend allowing her back in. I was yelling at Laurie Metcalf after she dropped her off at the airport - "go park the car! don't let her leave without you saying goodbye! Put your pride aside!" Also, Greta has said it's not autobiographical although she certainly used her own life experiences (and setting) to shape the viewpoint of this film.

    Also, I know CC is a college admission site, but this movie isn't really about college admission - it simply one aspect of the main character's life.
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  • arctostaphylosarctostaphylos 49 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
    It was a great movie (unless you live in Sacramento/went to UC Davis).

    Actually, having watched the movie in a certain college town near Sacramento, people in the area love the movie. A lot. The jokes about her not wanting to go to UC Davis got big laughs in theaters, and everyone was excited to see places they recognized in Sacramento. It's easy to laugh about the "cow town" stereotype while sitting in the hip artsy movie theater in said town. In the end, Lady Bird comes to appreciate Sacramento, as many of us around here do.

    That said, since it was Thanksgiving weekend, I'm betting that most of the audience were not college students. I love this area and could see myself living here long-term, but I went to college in a big city and am really, really glad to have had that experience.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 20426 replies209 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 20,635 Senior Member
    I agree. I thought the movie was a love letter to Sacramento. It portrayed it in a good light. Some beautiful shots. Like many young people, Lady Bird couldn't wait to get away but once away she realized how much she missed what she had and discovered a newfound appreciation for it. At least that was my take. I've seen the same thing play out with nieces/nephews and other young people in my life. Another reason why the movie rang true to me.
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