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 humour, 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 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 Films’ Academy Award® winner James L. Brooks (Best Picture, 1983 – Terms of Endearment), alongside Julie Ansell, Richard Sakai, Kelly Fremon Craig, Judy Blume, Amy Lorraine Brooks, Aldric La’auli Porter, and executive produced by Jonathan McCoy.
These resources, created by the team at KOVA, are designed to help you engage with all this film has to offer. With a quiz (to test how closely you were watching!), thoughtful activities, plenty of discussion questions to inspire great conversations and how you can get involved nationally - there’s plenty for everyone!
At KOVA, we are passionate about getting people talking about films because we believe that talking is the best way to start talking about faith. While this film is not strictly a ‘faith film’, clearly the themes are relevant to Christians today. Margaret struggles with feeling ‘normal’, when we’re called to stand out! Religion is the cause of conflict within her family. She says that she can only feel God when she’s alone, and often He feels distant and unreachable. We want to empower Christians to invite that friend who has so far rejected your invitations to come to church, because perhaps this film could be another way to share your faith with those who need it.
IN CINEMAS 19 MAY
Film rated PG
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