I can't remember the exact year I read Judy Blume's "Are You There God? It's me, Margaret." But my best guess is 1984 or 1985. I was excited to hear that this coming of age story I loved as a tween (and we weren't called tweens back then by the way) was being made into a movie. I missed it in theaters, so I was pretty happy when I received a review copy of the film.
"Are You There God? It's me, Margaret." was one of my favorite books back then, and I'm hoping that this movie brings it back to bookshelves of tweens, because it is still relatable even today. I really truly enjoyed the film and it took me right back to reading the book, likely under the cover with my flashlight. It captures the spirit of what so many 10-11 year olds go through.
Are You There God? It's me, Margaret.
In this long-awaited movie adaption of Judy Blume’s classic, groundbreaking novel, eleven-year-old Margaret (Abby Ryder Fortson) is uprooted from her life in New York City to the suburbs of New Jersey, going through the messy and tumultuous throes of puberty with new friends in a new school. She relies on her mother, Barbara (Rachel McAdams), who is also struggling to adjust to life outside the big city, and her adoring grandmother, Sylvia (Kathy Bates). A timeless coming-of-age story, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret sparkles with insightful humor while candidly exploring life’s biggest questions.
Written for the Screen and Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. Based on the Book by Judy Blume. Produced by James L. Brooks, p.g.a., Julie Ansell, p.g.a., Richard Sakai, Kelly Fremon Craig, p.g.a., Judy Blume, Amy Lorraine Brooks, Aldric La’auli Porter. Executive Producer Jonathan McCoy.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Finally That Time: Making Margaret
- Are You There Margaret? It’s Me, Judy.
- The Secret Crew Club: Margaret and Friends
- Bringing the Period to Life: Designing Margaret
- Deleted Scenes
- Roundtable Discussion
- Theatrical Trailer
Rachel McAdams The Notebook, Mean Girls
Abby Ryder Fortson Ant-Man and the Wasp, Forever My Girl
Elle Graham TV’s “Secrets of Sulphur Springs”
Benny Safdie Licorice Pizza, Good Time
and Kathy Bates TV’s “American Horror Story,” Misery