disclosure: We were sent a copy of Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret in order to facilitate this review & giveaway. All opinions are our own. No other compensation was received. DVD prize is provided by the distributor.
As a child of the ’70s, Judy Blume held a special place in many core memories. By the time you reached the fourth grade, you had read Super Fudge and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Another classic was Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great. But by the time you reached fifth grade, there was one book every pre-teen(because the word tween didn’t exist yet) girl anxiously awaited reading…Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret. The book that every girl whispered about, because it actually mentioned the word “period” in it. This was a book that I read over and over and over again. It spoke of growing up, family, friends and a few other topics that would have been considered “taboo” to discuss. It was most likely the first banned book I ever read.
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I was so nervous to see Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret from Lionsgate. This book was such a comfort growing up. At a time when social media did not exist, how was a nervous kid supposed to check in with the rest of the world and see if anyone else felt the same way? Books really were the windows to our world. I was so nervous that the story might be modernized, or important bits skipped over in order to make the story seem less “banned book” worthy.
I am happy to report that it was perfect.
I have spent so much time trying to explain to my 15 year old how life was back then. How we were obsessed with the “when” and so embarrassed when we had to talk about things with parents. Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret delicately portrays pre-teen life in the 70’s and what girls went through and graciously reminds everyone to simply be kind. Scene after scene, I just looked over at my 15 year old daughter and confirmed that Margaret’s experiences were my experiences.
Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret is a wonderful movie for upcoming teens. While the primary focus is of a girl entering puberty, I cannot say that pre-teen boys would enjoy this movie. But, Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret would be an excellent Mother/Daughter/Grandmother/Aunt movie date.
Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret stars Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Mean Girls), Abby Ryder Fortson (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Forever My Girl), Elle Graham (TV’s “Secrets of Sulphur Springs”), Benny Safdie (Licorice Pizza, Good Time) and Kathy Bates (TV’s “American Horror Story,” Misery). Abby Ryder Fortson and Rachel McAdams effortlessly portray a young girl and her mom in the 70s. It was hard to believe that this movie wasn’t made in the 70s – it was that authentic.
I will extend caution: Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret does include scenes that show textbook anatomy of the male and female body, a clip from a movie that explained menstruation, the “we must increase our bust” exercise and the girls viewing a Playboy magazine. Scenes that feature pre-teen romance(70’s style) and religious conflictions are throughout the film. While there are no crude, distasteful, or inappropriate scenes, parents that have not had these discussion points with their children yet may want to reconsider viewing this.
Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret brought me to tears. It was as if my childhood was made into a movie in a loving, familiar way. The bonus features included on the DVD were equally as worthy. My favorites were Are You There Margaret? It’s Me, Judy and The Secret Crew Club: Margaret and Friends. We loved listening to Judy Blume share her thoughts and seeing her on the set watching her book come to life. Check out the bonus features offered:
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Finally That Time: Making Margaret
- Are You There Margaret? It’s Me, Judy.
- The Secret Crew Club: Margaret and Friends
- Bringing the Period to Life: Designing Margaret
- Deleted Scenes
- Roundtable Discussion
- Theatrical Trailer
And now for the GIVEAWAY! Enter here and you could win a DVD copy of Lionsgate’s Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret. Giveaway runs until 11:59pm July 24, 2023. Full rules for our giveaways can be found here.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is available on Digital, On Demand, and on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Combo and DVD from Lionsgate.
A Disney blooded, crafty, fun-lovin’ wife/mom/organizer/planner, etc who is obsessed with all things Disney 🙂 Maria grew up with the Magic Kingdom and has loved watching WDW evolve into what it is today. A firm believer in the Power of Pixie Dust, she is the owner of The Disney Driven Life – A Community for Neurotic Disney People & a d.i.y. crafty blog, Carousel of Projects – create~inspire~share.