Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret., Available Now on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital from Lionsgate (Review) #ItsMeMargaret

 Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the folks at Lionsgate in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


"The beloved and best-selling classic that has impacted generations, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. arrived on Digital June 6, On Demand June 27, and on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Combo and DVD July 11 from Lionsgate. Abby Ryder Fortson (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Forever My Girl) is joined by a remarkable all-star cast, including Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Mean Girls), Benny Safdie (Licorice Pizza, Good Time), and Kathy Bates (TV’s “American Horror Story,” Misery). Written for the screen and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen), Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. is available for the suggested retail prices of $39.99 for Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo, and $29.96 for DVD."


 My Thoughts:

Like so many other people who grew up in the 80's, I was so excited when I heard they were turning the iconic "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret." into a movie.  This banned book was a classic read both in middle and high school.  I even found myself reading the book every summer in my twenties, too, as it was such a great book, and one that resonated with me.  And, then when I had girls of my own, I couldn't wait until they were old enough to understand and appreciate this well-written book about what it feels like to be go through puberty and the angst we all feel about growing up and becoming a woman.  I read the book to my girls last summer, so that we would be ready to watch the movie when it hit theaters.  Then, we saw it together, and like so many other women, I cried throughout the film.  I felt like a kid again going through all the growing up emotions and feelings, and watched as my girls saw their new favorite book by Judy Blume come to life.  

After the movie we talked about our favorite parts -- "We must, we must, we must improve our bust" part was a standout, as was buying pads for the first time.  It was so nice to experience this movie with my girls, as they are both at the stage in life. It felt like this movie came at the perfect time to help them navigate all these changes and remind them that they are not alone and that other girls their age are experiencing the same changes and emotions. After watching the movie, both of my girls said they wanted to get this movie when it arrived on DVD, so that they could watch it again and again. So, we have been counting down the days to its release to DVD, Blu-ray and Digital.  And, now that it is available and we own a copy, we are having a blast spending our summer watching this for family movie nights, and when it rains and the girls need something to keep busy. They can't get enough of this movie, and have even pulled out their books to read and compare parts.  Oh, and the DVD and Blu-ray releases include bonus content not to be missed, including deleted scenes, a roundtable discussion, the theatrical trailer (which you can see below), as well as other fun making of and behind the scenes featurettes.  

This is one movie you will want to see if you grew up loving the book, and definitely one worth buying the movie, to enjoy time and time again, and share with your daughters and granddaughters when the come of age.  Like the book, I see this movie being something you will want to watch time and time again, and it will bring up memories of your youth and have you connecting with your daughters and others who love Judy Blume and her books.


"In this long-awaited movie adaption of Judy Blume’s classic, groundbreaking novel, eleven-year-old Margaret (Abby Ryder Fortson) is uprooted from her life in New York City to 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). A timeless coming-of-age story, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret sparkles with insightful humor while candidly exploring life’s biggest questions.
Written for the Screen and Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. Based on the Book by Judy Blume. Produced by James L. Brooks, p.g.a., Julie Ansell, p.g.a., Richard Sakai, Kelly Fremon Craig, p.g.a., Judy Blume, Amy Lorraine Brooks, Aldric La’auli Porter. Executive Producer Jonathan McCoy."


  • 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

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

Official Site:
Instagram: @margaretmovie
Facebook: @margaretmovie
Twitter: @margaretmovie 
Hashtag: #ItsMeMargaret

Year of Production: 2022
Title Copyright: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. © 2023, Artwork & Supplementary Materials ®, ™ & © 2023 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: New Release
Rating: PG-13 for thematic material involving sexual education and some suggestive material
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Feature Run Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, French, English SDH
Blu-ray™ Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 (1.85:1) Presentation 
Blu-ray Audio:  English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio
DVD Format: 16x9 (1.85:1) Presentation 
DVD Audio:  English 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio

  Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the folks at Lionsgate in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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