Connecting with a Common Theme: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

Judy Blume’s bestseller was a Younger Grownup traditional earlier than Y.A. even existed.

A frank, children’ eye view of puberty it’s set in the summertime of 1970 (the 12 months Blume first revealed it) the place 11-year-old Margaret (an adorably earnest Abby Ryder Fortson) is uprooted from New York to New Jersey by her father’s (Benny Safdie) new job.

In story phrases, not lots occurs and but, for Margaret, all the pieces adjustments. First crush, first kiss and first interval are all looming, in addition to the problem of a primary bra – and the craving for one thing to place inside it. ‘We should, we should, we should improve our bust!’ chant Margaret and her buddies.

While these are formative moments all females can relate to, this beautiful movie concerning the trepidation of rising up and transferring on (no matter your age) strikes a common chord.

The primary distinction from e-book to display is how this now quite candy and naïve (in 2023 phrases) coming-of-ager is now seen not simply from Margaret’s perspective, however that of her pissed off artwork instructor mum (Rachel McAdams) and her larger-than-life granny (Kathy Bates).

It’s a well-judged shift – that is the best film for nostalgic moms to deliver their daughters to.

Beneficiant, humane and completely modulated, it’s the right steadiness of humour and coronary heart.

Out Friday in cinemas