ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET.
Writer/Director: Kelly Fremon Creg
Starring: Abby Ryder Fortson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Benny Safdie, Elle Graham, Amari Price, Katherine Kupferer
There’s an unjust trend that continues to happen with books being banned from schools. One of the most notoriously challenged books of all-time is Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret first published in 1970. The movie adaptation should please Blume readers. Kelly Fremon Craig has written and directed the adaptation with Abby Ryder Fortson starring as Margaret. She’s an 11-year-old girl who moves from New York City to New Jersey with her parents, Barbara and Herb (Rachel McAdams and Benny Safdie). At first, she hates the prospect of moving away from her friends and Grandma Sylvia (Kathy Bates), but she quickly bonds with Nancy, another young girl who lives down the block. Her new friends form a secret group where they gossip about the boys in class and debate who will be the first to get their period. Puberty is a challenging time for Margaret as we see her strike up a relationship with God to help her get through it. In theaters
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