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Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret: Welcome to Womanhood.

Are you there God? It’s me, Teej. Thank you for being the guiding light behind this refreshing and fun film adaption.

Thank you for giving the vision to writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig to make the perfect movie from such an iconic and beloved book by Judy Blume. It’s obvious Blume’s novel was held near and dear to her heart and you could feel it on screen.

Thank you for the excellent casting of Rachel McAdams, Benny Safdie, Kathy Bates (who looked like my husband’s Grandma Esther) and the wonderful Abby Ryder Fortson who brought
tons of warmth and expression for such a young actress. She will go far. As a matter of fact, all the younger actors played their parts with believability.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret could have gone so wrong. It’s not an envied task to recreate what so many have in their memories as their favorite story about growing up. Anyone who was a preteen between 1970 and now has read It’s Me, Margaret and immediately felt heard and seen.

It’s difficult to reinvigorate excellence, but this cast and crew has. Sometimes you want your favorites to be so good, you become too critical, but this feature version manages to keep our memories intact of reading the book under the covers with a flashlight and taking some of the pain out of puberty.

One of the best coming of age novels is now one of the best coming of age movies. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is The Brady Bunch without the laugh track. It’s your childhood scrapbook on the big screen. All ages will leave the theater with a smile. Even my husband Ricky gives it 2👀’s open. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret gets a 9….mostly because it didn’t ruin my memories.

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T. J. Callahan

Texas Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the Marconi Award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT in Houston to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for Houston Radio Platinum and 101 Gold , Southern New Mexico's favorite radio station. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and The Sam Malone Show on KNTH in Houston. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her Friday and Saturdays on and on Friday afternoons on the Leslie T. Travis Show on KVLC FM in Las Cruces. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association and the Houston Film Critics Society. She truly believes everything in life is one degree of Blazing Saddles.