“Is there a God there?” “It’s Me Margaret” is a provocative tale of growing up in the 1950s. A sweet and insightful film based on Bloom’s best-selling book of the same name.

Bloom had long declined offers to make the book into a film, but was credited with an Oscar, including director Kelly Fremon Craig, who loved the book as a teenager, and Mary Tyler of The Simpsons. When approached by three-time award-winning producer James L. Brooks, Moore showed the show and cried like a love term, feeling confident enough to put his book in their hands. rice field.

And they were proud of her. While this adaptation is faithful to the original, it is also fresh and attractive to those who see it for the first time.

This humorous yet moving film follows the life of 6th grader Margaret Simmons for a year. Not only is she in a new environment because of her father’s new job, but she also finds herself in the new world of her adolescence, trying to fit in with her peers but stay true to herself.

She is quickly accepted into the gang, but then learns that one of the requirements for members is to wear a bra, and despite the fact that neither she nor the other gang members actually need one. I persuaded my mother to buy me a bra and found it new territory for her. one.

Based on the author’s own experience of being in such a group, the film explores the secret world of teenage girls and their fears, secret crushes, and desperate desire to belong and belong. And so on, providing a peak to their interests. Here, they competed to see who would get their period first, kissing the pillars of the bed and practicing exercises to enlarge their busts while chanting the mantra “You have to make your bust bigger.” ing.

The film focuses on the funny side of these initial awkward fumblings, but it also portrays adolescent cruelty and peer pressure, especially on those on the outside. Margaret’s mother Barbara (Rachel McAdams) must make her own journey. Along with reconciling with her parents who opposed her marriage to a Jew, she learned to make her own boundaries rather than being swallowed up by the tyranny and demands of her local PTA.

Margaret faces various pressures, so she starts talking to God. She wonders why her parents didn’t tell her about religion (you’ll find out why in the movie). Her Margaret innocence and open-mindedness to her faith led her to reject her religion, like her parents, or try to pull her into a particular brand, like her Jewish grandmother and narrow-minded maternal grandparents. In contrast to the adults in her life who are As Margaret begins to explore her faith, we experience, through the eyes of a child, visits to a Jewish synagogue, an all-black gospel-singing evangelical church, and a Catholic confession.

The acting is great overall. Kathy Bates, who plays the flamboyant Jewish grandmother, is a particular scene-stealer, while Abby Ryder Fortson, who plays 12-year-old Margaret, has a lot to say about what it’s like to be a teenager. is performed with a genuine and moving performance. The film may be set in the 1950s, when drugs and gender issues weren’t mentioned as much as it is today, but who knows, it’s a vulnerable and scary time when you had to leave your childhood behind and start rowing in the shallows. Everyone can sympathize. adulthood.

“Is God there?” “It Is Me Margaret” has just been released to the public in the UK.

Watch the trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZVk3N7Z6R4

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