Review: Judy Blume goes Hollywood in ‘Are You There God?…’

Kelly Fremon Craig is the first director to get Judy Blume’s blessing to adapt “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” for the big screen. It stars Abby Ryder Fortson as the titular protagonist and Rachel McAdams as her mother. There is not a cynical bone in this sweetly playful and reverential adaptation of Blume’s famed coming-of-age novel about the everyday problems of an 11-year-old girl, but its familiarity can also be a weakness at times, writes Associated Press Lindsey Bahr in her review. Rated PG-13, “Are You There God” opens in theaters Friday.