Watch: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. 2023 123movies, Full Movie Online – Margaret Simon is just eleven going on twelve when her family moves from New York City to Farbrook, New Jersey. Margaret’s mother is Christian and her father is Jewish. Margaret has been raised without an affiliation to either faith, and does not practice an organized religion, although she frequently prays to God in her own words, beginning by saying, “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret.” She is beginning to feel uncomfortable with her lack of a religious affiliation. For a school assignment, she chooses to study people’s religious beliefs, hoping to resolve the question of her own religion in the process. Part of her study involves attending different places of worship to better understand religious practice and also to see if one of them might be right for her. She enjoys spending time with her Jewish paternal grandmother, Sylvia Simon, who loves her as she is, and hopes Margaret will embrace Judaism after taking her to her synagogue for Rosh Hashanah services..
Plot: When her family moves from the city to the suburbs, 11-year-old Margaret navigates new friends, feelings, and the beginning of adolescence.
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Liked it, Nice, Better than Alternatives
I’m glad I saw it, but expected MORE when I read critic reviews who were all IN. It’s definitely a fun walk down memory lane to adolescence in the 1970’s, but its relevance today escapes me, and I’m surprised it ever got made for that reason. I compliment the young actress, who played Margaret. Other actors, like Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates were under-challenged in their roles. Plot mixture of adolescent angst & religious choice was awkward, so neither got the attention it deserved. And, Kathy Bates character as Jewish grandmother was stereotypical and heavy-handed. She’s a better actor when she plays closer to home. Go see if nothing better.
Lovely, funny, about what’s important in life for young girls and societal expectations in groups
At least marginally better than “Are You There, God? It’s me, Jonah Hill. From Moneyball.”
Succinctly and pleasantly low stakes; there isn’t any high-great drama, until the last twenty minutes, but the tone is consistent and manages to get deep about Faith, or really the absence of it, or how hard it can be for a young person to comprehend how, as Margaret ultimately puts it in the assignment to the teacher, religion makes people fight all the time.
For the most part, this is a story that is a School Year in the Life abd it’s perfectly content to be about things like, oh, how you’re fitting in with a new group of friends (some more agreeable than others), which boys are cute or not, and yet it’s actually about something deeper due to the comparison the film makes between Margaret with Nancy and Margaret’s Mom with the PTA (led by… Nancy’s Mom): a Group isn’t inherently a bad thing, but when there’s one person asking or really demanding for this and that with pressures it can add to the already-there pressure of life in Suburbia.
Abby Ryder Fortson is so appealing and wonderful in the lead part, where your heart always goes out to her and she is funny and sympathetic and sometimes awkward in that way an 11 to 12 year old is at that time. The film maybe wraps everything up a little too tidy by the end for me, but it’s hard to make a fuss when what is all wrapped up is all just, well, “will I finally talk to Moose who mows the lawn, or will “It” happen in the bathroom?” I never read the book, but it feels like it probably managed to bring everything in adaptation that was necessary (though I wonder if things between Margaret and Nancy came more to a head in the book than here, where things just kind of leave off on a silent understanding of a lie).
If it doesn’t reach quite the heights of the director’s previous movie, Edge of Seventeen, it’s still never less than entertaining, amusing is not always funny (ok the dinner scene with both sides of the families is funny), and it’s impressive that this can be in theaters as something for families to see that isn’t the more soulless IP or candy-coated fast food.
Original Language en
Genre Comedy, Drama, Family
Director Kelly Fremon Craig
Writer Kelly Fremon Craig, Judy Blume
Actors Abby Ryder Fortson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates
Country United States
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