Judy Blume’s coming-of-age book Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. had come out back in 1970, and has since been a celebrated classic, touching audiences across multiple generations. Now Lionsgate is ready to release their adaptation of the book, and we have our first trailer starring Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, and Benny Safdie.
Here’s the official description for the movie:
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 humor, and candid exploration of life’s biggest questions. In Lionsgate’s 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 film is directed by Kelly Fremon Craig who had helmed the coming-of-age movie The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld. Though the movie does embrace the ‘70s with its era, the story of women growing up is something that’s relatable for all generations.
Though the topic of menstruation is considered to be something taboo when it comes to movies and television for kids, we have been getting a lot of material that has been less embarrassed about dealing with bodily functions—and the original book from Judy Blume helped pave the way for it.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. comes to theaters on April 28, 2023.