MOVIE OF THE WEEK April 21, 2023: JUDY BLUME FOREVER

In a time when right-wing politicians’ and parents’ efforts to ban kids from reading “controversial” books are leading to terrified teachers and empty school library shelves, Judy Blume’s story couldn’t be more timely or relevant. Blume shares her experiences as a frequently challenged – but even more frequently celebrated — children’s author in Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchuk’s engrossing documentary Judy Blume Forever, which sheds light on both Blume’s career and her personal life.

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JUDY BLUME FOREVER – Review by Loren King

Even if you’ve never cracked open one of Judy Blume’s dozens of novels, this candid, engaging look at the author’s life and work is an enjoyable and enlightening way to spend 90 minutes. Blume — forthright, gracious, down to earth — is great company over the course of the film. She recounts how she willed her transformation from 1960s housewife to the defining author of YA fiction in the ‘70s and ‘80s. She made the transition to adult fiction and survived the first wave of right wing censorship in the 1980s when the Moral Majority found an ally in President Ronald Reagan.

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JUDY BLUME FOREVER – Review by Nikki Fowler

Filmmakers Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok bring the absolute magic of the real-life journey of influential author Judy Blume to life in an intimate look at how she brought pure love, joy, and inspiration to readers worldwide. The biodoc shares details on how Blume got her start in writing. She was a young college graduate, newly married to her already established lawyer husband at the time, with him stating that he didn’t mind her hobby “as long as it didn’t interfere with raising their kids.”

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WEEK IN WOMEN: JUDY BLUME FOREVER is coming to Prime Video – Brandy McDonnell reports

Directed by Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok, Judy Blume Forever chronicles the life and legacy of trailblazing author Judy Blume, the literary giant known for her novels for children, young adults and adults, including the beloved books Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Known for her radical honesty, Blume, who turned 85 in February, revolutionized the way millions of readers understood themselves, their adolescence and their sexuality through her books. Her fearless mission to openly discuss taboo subjects paved the way to real debate and conversation around book banning, censorship and teen sexual discovery.

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