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Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret (2023) S: McAdams, Safdie, Bates, Fortson

For over fifty years, Judy Blumeís classic and groundbreaking novel Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret. has impacted generations with its timeless coming of age story, insightful humor, and candid exploration of lifeís biggest questions. In Lionsgateís 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 isnít happy they moved away and likes to remind them every chance she gets. The film also stars Benny Safdie (Licorice Pizza, Good Time) and is written for the screen and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen), based on the book by Judy Blume, and produced by Gracie Filmsí Academy Awardģ winner James L. Brooks (Best Picture, 1983 Ė Terms of Endearment), alongside Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai, Kelly Fremon Craig, Judy Blume, Amy Lorraine Brooks, Aldric Laíauli Porter, and executive produced by Jonathan McCoy.
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Re: Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret (2023) S: McAdams, Safdie, Bates, Fortson

More Judy Blume stories need to become movies. Totally love that this is happening.
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Re: Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret (2023) S: McAdams, Safdie, Bates, Fortson

Originally Posted by ViewAskewbian
More Judy Blume stories need to become movies. Totally love that this is happening.
Her son made Tiger Eyes a few years back. It was OK.

I remember watching the Fudge TV series on Saturday mornings years and years ago. That is something that should be revived.
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Re: Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret (2023) S: McAdams, Safdie, Bates, Fortson

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Her son made Tiger Eyes a few years back. It was OK.

I remember watching the Fudge TV series on Saturday mornings years and years ago. That is something that should be revived.
There was a Fudge TV series? Totally missed that! Thanks for letting me know. I'll try to track it down. I read those books over and over as a kid.
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Originally Posted by ViewAskewbian
There was a Fudge TV series? Totally missed that! Thanks for letting me know. I'll try to track it down. I read those books over and over as a kid.
Yea...in the 90s. Eve Plumb played the mom.
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Re: Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret (2023) S: McAdams, Safdie, Bates, Fortson

Interesting that Abby Ryder Fortson gets an "Introducing..." credit when she's been around for years, including her Ant-Man role as Cassie.
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Re: Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret (2023) S: McAdams, Safdie, Bates, Fortson

I swear, every girl i knew in school read this book,.
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Looks fun. I'll check it out on video.
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Re: Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret (2023) S: McAdams, Safdie, Bates, Fortson

All I know about this is Deadpool references it after he cuts off his hand.
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Re: Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret (2023) S: McAdams, Safdie, Bates, Fortson

Out this week. It has had some early preview screenings the past week.

Reviews: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/are...ts_me_margaret
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Re: Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret (2023) S: McAdams, Safdie, Bates, Fortson

Also... this doc premiered on Amazon Prime on Friday.

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Re: Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret (2023) S: McAdams, Safdie, Bates, Fortson

We saw this on opening day as a family and we all loved it.

Our kids are the perfect demo for this and I'm a huge Judy Blume fan, it was a no-brainer to support it on opening weekend. We had moments to laugh and cry and give each ither sideways glances over this and that. One part of the movie that's better than the book is while the book stays very close to Margaretís point of view, the movie sticks with her while also showing the perspectives of her mother and grandmother. You get these three generations of women and their relationships and it's wonderful.

Highly recommended! The writer/director, Kelly Fremon Craig, deserves high praise, and I guarantee this got made and got made well because of James L. Brooks. And if you don't take my word for it, know that Blume herself says the movie is better than the book!

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I saw this is over the weekend it was really good. Kelly Fremon Craig was a great pick to tackle this after The Edge of Seventeen. For some reason I had thought Universal was distributing and expected it to hit streaming quickly. I'm glad I saw it in theatres.

I wish Rachel McAdams worked more. She is always so good. Someone needs to put her in a real great role.

The Blume doc on Amazon is good too. It's kind of surprising someone doesn't have film or TV rights to all or most of her work. It seems like it would be a trove of material in the streaming era. Netflix seems to love putting out YA stuff.
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Re: Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret (2023) S: McAdams, Safdie, Bates, Fortson

Maybe one of my last ever Netflix blu-ray rentals ever will be with this movie but it was pretty good and entertaining

I wonder if this will set the stage for more Blume books to be made into movies.

Not sure what streamers have a licensing deal with Lionsgate to show this movie?
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Lionsgate is Starz
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Then it might take until the end of the year or 2024 until it shows up on Starz
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I was watching the bonus features and not only is Kelly Fremon Craig talented she is a smokeshow too



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Re: Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret (2023) S: McAdams, Safdie, Bates, Fortson

I thought it was a good coming-of-age story, but I never read the book.

Blume has been protective of her properties, especially this one, but she had seen and liked Edge of Seventeen, and Craig considered James L Brooks a mentor.

Blume has a brief cameo.

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Re: Are You There God? Itís Me, Margaret (2023) S: McAdams, Safdie, Bates, Fortson

I finally rented this and it was an outstanding movie. I regret not supporting this in the theater back in the early Spring. Great performances, especially by Abby Ryder Fortson and Rachel McAdams.

The subject matter may be a little awkward for some since it deals with young girls going through that phase in their lives. But, I thought they handled the material really well. It isn't too long at 106 minutes and there are some really sweet and tender moments.

Since it's a Lionsgate movie, I assume it will eventually stream on Starz. But, it's worth renting and supporting, especially if you're the parent of young girls. I think it's a good family watch.
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