Does the new movie Lady Bird have anything to do with Lady Bird Johnson?
—Eileen D., Columbus, Ohio
A: Not at all. Lady Bird, a crackling coming-of-age comedy from writer-director Greta Gerwig, 34, stars Saoirse Ronan, 23, as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a young woman whose ambitions are too big for her California hometown. The movie, in select theaters this weekend and opening wider through Thanksgiving, has been getting rave reviews and was inspired by events from Gerwig’s own teen years in Sacramento. You may remember Ronan from her Oscar-nominated role in Brooklyn and Gerwig from 20th Century Women.