A California high school student plans to escape from her family and small town by going to college in New York.

A fresh take on the coming age genre. Saoirse Ronan does an excellent job in the titular role. I’m not convinced this is as good a movie as some are saying. I found it enjoyable with moments of poignant humour. There’s witty dialogue and some interesting characters. But it isn’t a standout for me. I’m a bit surprised it has been nominated for best picture at the Oscars. It’s ok.