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Movie Review – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

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Movie Review - Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

Picture it, 1970. Mrs. Judy Blume publishes one of the most iconic pre-teen books ever written. Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. She was able to create a story that would touch the heart of every young girl that read it.

I remember I was in fifth grade and picked that book during library time. As I read the book it felt like Judy was directly talking to me. All the questions that I had about what my body was doing, how I felt trying to fit in at school right down to the smallest thing of not wearing socks to silently protest. I didn’t know what I was protesting but she knew. She knew the mind of a pre-adolescent better than I did. When I found out that a movie was in the talks, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait to see the story unfold on the big screen.

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I was front and center at the opening show with my popcorn, candy and soda. I was transported right back to fifth grade. It was awesome. I wasso happy with the retelling of the story that I applauded. There were probably around fifteen people in my theater and every single woman around my age clapped. I knew exactly what they were feeling. Hollywood nailed it.

If you read this book at any time during your life and sympathized with it, I highly recommend watching the movie. They did the book justice. It’s not often they do them according to what is in the book and their interpretation of it sometimes misses the mark. That’s not the case here. Take some time for yourself and watch your childhood favorite brought to life.

Grade: A

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There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

Rated: (PG-13) Sexual Education | Thematic Material | Some Suggestive Material
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Starring: Abby Ryder Fortson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates
Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
Writer(s): Kelly Fremon Craig, Judy Blume
Language: English
Country: United States

Margaret Simon is just eleven going on twelve when her family moves from New York City to Farbrook, New Jersey. Margaret’s mother is Christian and her father is Jewish. Margaret has been raised without an affiliation to either faith, and does not practice an organized religion, although she frequently prays to God in her own words, beginning by saying, “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret.” She is beginning to feel uncomfortable with her lack of a religious affiliation. For a school assignment, she chooses to study people’s religious beliefs, hoping to resolve the question of her own religion in the process. Part of her study involves attending different places of worship to better understand religious practice and also to see if one of them might be right for her. She enjoys spending time with her Jewish paternal grandmother, Sylvia Simon, who loves her as she is, and hopes Margaret will embrace Judaism after taking her to her synagogue for Rosh Hashanah services.

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