For a lovely stretch, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird was the best-reviewed movie in Rotten Tomatoes’ history. This little indie about a girl growing up in Sacramento has earned a solid $47 million domestic. And it’s nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture. Beyond that, it’s become an instant touchstone for a generation who could relate instantly and indelibly to Lady Bird’s journey of teen angst, rebellion, and self-discovery. So, it’s little surprise that Sacremento is embracing this growing fandom with a walking tour. But is attention less appreciated by the lovely people in the big blue house that plays as a central metaphor of the movie?
Gerwig spoke about the walking tour and Lady Bird’s unexpected tourist attraction on The Late Late Show with James Corden:
“I think they’re okay,” Gerwig said, “But I did not know—and they certainly could not have known—that this is what would end up happening.”
Unrelated: Gerwig is “completely made out of Cheetos.”
A local news team spoke with Amy Wood, the blue house’s owner, about the growing appreciation for Lady Bird’s dream house. “It’s nice for our house,” Wood told reporters, “But it’s even better for Sacramento.”
Sadly, we can’t embed the video of this interview. But do check it out here. It includes a brief bit of Joan O’Neil, who played the owner of the house in the movie, and in real life lives nearby, and whose grandson once dated Gerwig. So yeah, Gerwig’s real-life Danny’s Grandma is in the movie as herself.
Happily, it seems like (for now anyway), the Lady Bird fans are maintaining a respectable distance from the house. Things were worse and far scarier for the owners of the house on which The Conjuring’s story was based. After two years of the movie’s fans trespassing on her property at all hours of the day, Harrisville, Rhode Island resident Norma Sutcliff sued Warner Bros., holding them responsible for this harassment.
“The Internet was bombarded by people who were actually going around the property, filming,” Sutcliffe told CBS news, “We had harassing phone calls in the middle of the night. They’ve had discussions of people destroying the house because ‘it’s so full of evil.’”
In that case, the gross irony is that the current owners of the house were not the ones featured in The Conjuring, and had never experienced any harassing paranormal activity. It was only after the movie came out, when its fans came intruding, that their home became a hell.
So, Lady Bird fans, take a lesson: Do not harass these people. Be like Lady Bird’s bestie. Stand respectfully outside, admire it from afar, and imagine what it might be like to have your own bathroom.