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Starring: Rachel McAdams, Abby Ryder Fortson, Elle Graham, Benny Safdie, Kathy Bates
Comedy drama written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (2023) centers on 11-year-old Margaret (Abby Ryder Fortson), who 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.
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Teacher: I’m here to speak to you today about your changing bodies.
Documentary Narrator: [the students watch the info. film] The blood is released through the v***na.
Margaret: Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret.
Margaret: [praying] Please, just do this one thing for me. Just let me be normal and regular like everybody else. Just please, please, please, please, please, please, please.
Nancy Wheeler: [to Margaret] I’ve decided I want you to join my secret club.
Nancy Wheeler: If you want to be in the club, then you have to wear…
Margaret: A bra.
Barbara Simon: Oh. Do you think you need one?
Sylvia: Are you okay? You can tell me the truth.
Barbara Simon: Fine. Good. Yes. And how are you?
Sylvia: I read that when you don’t have any loved ones around your life expectancy drops drastically. But, you know, I’ve had a good run.
Janie: [as they’re looking at sanitary pads] I don’t know if I want to do this.
Margaret: It’s just that we’re ready.
Margaret: [referring to the cashier, as they’re going to buy sanitary pads] Please God, let it be a lady.
Gretchen: [referring to the model in the magazine] Do you think any of us will look like that when we’re nineteen?
Girls: We must. We must. We must increase our bust.
Barbara Simon: It’s tiring, trying so hard all the time, doesn’t it?