Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
Here’s one to bring your pre-teen and teenage children or grandchildren to. For over fifty years, Judy Blume’s classic and groundbreaking novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret has impacted generations with its timeless coming of age story, insightful humour, and candid exploration of life’s biggest questions. In this big-screen adaptation, 11-year-old Margaret (Abby Ryder Fortson) is uprooted from her life in New York City for 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), who isn’t happy they moved away and likes to remind them every chance she gets.
The supporting cast are boundlessly joyful to behold. Bates is a firecracker and makes for a natural companion to Ryder Fortson (a moment of unbridled, mischievous happiness between the pair after a Broadway show is one of the film’s highlights). Benny Safdie, who plays Margaret’s father, is a certified charmer, his delightful oddball energy bouncing off McAdams’ more grounded presence. Some of the tension is provided by the fact that he is Jewish and Barbara is a Christian and Margaret has never met her maternal grandparents because they disapprove.
Venue: William Loveless Hall