Fifty-three years since its publication and still no one has fixed the missing comma in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. They have made a movie of it, though! Here’s the trailer.
The long-coming film adaptation of Judy Blume’s seminal (ovarian?) 1970 coming-of-age novel comes from writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig, who already gave us some pretty charming coming-of-age girldom with The Edge of Seventeen. Newcomer Abby Ryder Fortson is our bra-desperate Margaret, with supporting turns from the likes of Kathy Bates, Benny Safdie, and Rachel McAdams—a reminder that Mean Girls was so long ago that now the schoolgirl is the schoolgirl’s mom.
It rightly keeps the period setting! (Its naïveté would probably only half-work today.) It’s got a George Harrison’s What Is Life instead of My Sweet Lord, which is a surprising choice! It looks good! God is indeed there—or at least there enough to make this seem like a pretty strong adaptation of a classic.
Are You There[,] God? It’s Me, Margaret. hits theaters April 28.