Judy Blume’s iconic young adult novel, which has been back-of-the-school-bus fodder for generations of preteen girls trying to navigate the awkwardness of early adolescence and puberty, is finally coming to the big screen, more than 50 years after it was released and subsequently banned by some more conservative-leaning school libraries for its candid discussion of menstruation and religious freedom.

Written and directed by The Edge of Seventeen writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret stars Abby Ryder Fortson (Ant-Man and the Wasp, A Dog’s Journey) as Margaret, with Rachel McAdams and Benny Safdie as her interfaith parents – a Christian mother and Jewish father – and Kathy Bates as her paternal grandmother. Author Judy Blume was on set during the making of the movie, and says it improves on her book.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret will hit theaters on April 28th.

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