First bra, first interval, first kiss — among the many many milestones of feminine adolescence, Judy Blume’s basic, and often-banned, novel, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, has served as a touchstone for generations of women traversing the terrifying and exhilarating gulf between being a child and turning into an grownup. For the primary time this yr, followers may have the chance to see Margaret’s story, and its reflection of their very own, play out on the massive display.
The movie, starring Rachel McAdams as Margaret’s mother, will hit theaters on September 16. Whereas the trailer has not been launched but to the general public, it scored large laughs at CinemaCon, in line with Deadline.
Opening with the road, “Hey, women, we’re going to speak about your altering our bodies,” an ideal introduction for all the fabric that the e book addresses, the trailer closes with the unforgettable chorus, “We should, we should, we should improve our bust.”
Whereas the title character is 12 years previous, and the 1970 e book was YA incarnate earlier than it turned a advertising time period, the movie additionally has loads to supply these of us experiencing adolescence anew by way of our personal kids. In line with McAdams, who has her personal son and daughter, the character of Margaret’s mom enjoys a fully-developed function within the film.
“It was heartbreaking to me that she labored actually arduous to not burden her little one along with her personal previous, but it’s such part of who she is,” McAdams informed The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. “However there’s no manner it wasn’t going to return up. It’s only a actual cacophony of sincere, truthful issues ladies and moms expertise on an entire.”
Dads, additionally, will see their experiences mirrored. “And for males, too,” stated McAdams. “Benny Safdie performs the dad on this and is simply so heat, and he’s scuffling with what it’s to have a woman who’s altering earlier than his very eyes.”
Blume, 84, resisted promoting the movie rights to a lot of her books for many years, however had a change of coronary heart in 2018 and bought Margaret to writer-director Kelly Freman Craig, whose adolescence-themed The Fringe of Seventeen Blume had admired, and hit producer James L. Brooks.
“I feel the time has come,” Blume tweeted then. In 2021, as soon as preliminary casting for the movie had been introduced, Blume defined to Leisure Weekly: “I assumed, let’s do that whereas I’m nonetheless round to get pleasure from it.”
Craig’s enthusiasm for the challenge echoed the feelings of readers, for whom the e book, first launched in 1970 — and given a sanitary pad sans belt replace in 1998 — was revelatory.
“It felt like a life raft at a time whenever you’re misplaced and looking and not sure” stated Craig. “This e book comes alongside and tells you you’re not alone. Girls keep in mind the place they had been once they learn it. I can’t consider one other e book you may say that about.”
Margaret’s story got here as a sort of outpouring for its creator as nicely. “For the primary time since I’d began writing, I let go and this story got here pouring out,” Blume says on her private web site. “I felt as if I’d all the time recognized Margaret.”
Including to generations of readers, moviegoers will quickly be capable of say the identical.