Judy Blume on the Big Screen
We couldn’t be more excited about the movie based on Judy Blume’s book Tiger Eyes, which is coming out on June 7th. And it just makes us eager to see even more of our favorite Judy Blume books on the big screen. Here are our top 5 picks.
1) Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret
This classic coming of age story deals with the awkward preteen years. From training bras (“We must increase our bust!”) to first kisses, periods and crushes, this story is still relatable for today’s young girls–and highly nostalgic for many of Blume’s long time fans. Though it’s hard to picture anyone who could replace the Margaret in our mind, we think Ariel Winter from Modern Family could be an interesting choice.
2) Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself
Ten-year-old Sally J. Freedman has quite the active imagination and embarks on numerous adventures when she moves with her family to Miami at the end of World War II. Besides fitting into a new school (and dealing with a case of head lice!), she investigates a neighbor she suspects might be Hitler. This was one of our absolute favorite Blume reads, and it would be perfect for a big screen re-telling. We can see Kiernan Shipka, who plays Mad Men‘s Sally Draper (and like Sally also has an active imagination) as Sally J. Freedman.
3) Then Again, Maybe I Won’t
Capturing the adolescent years from a boy’s perspective, Tony’s life turns topsy-turvy after his family moves into a neighborhood. His new friend Joel’s clean-cut image hides criminal tendencies, Tony can’t stop spying on Joel’s sister once he realizes he can see her changing from his bedroom window, and his grandmother who lives with the family won’t leave her bedroom. Funny and charming, this tale is for anyone who has ever wondered why things have to change.
Beautiful Deenie learns she has to wear a brace–for years!–to correct her scoliosis. Realizing that looks aren’t that important is a valuable lesson for us all. Don’t you think Disney’s Bella Thorne would make a good Deenie?
The original Mean Girls, this story about bullying and staying true to yourself couldn’t be more timely. We remember rooting so hard for Jill as she took a stand against the class bullies that first tormented Linda, and then ultimately turned on Jill. We’d love to share it on the screen with a new generation.
Add your own picks – and casting choices – in the comments!
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