Eighth Grade
Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade 15

Film

Please note: This was screened in April 2019

Director:
Bo Burnham
Cast:
Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson
Duration:
94 mins, 2018, USA
Primary language:
English

US comedian, actor, and writer Bo Burnham brings us his critically acclaimed feature film debut that takes a funny, distinctive, and refreshingly clear-eyed look at the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence.

13-year-old Kayla (phenomenally played by Elsie Fisher) is in her last week of middle school. Unbearably awkward and riddled with anxiety, she’s struggled through the year, channelling her creativity and longing for connection into a confident online persona making YouTube advice videos that no one watches. As high school approaches, Kayla musters up all the positive thinking she can manage and embarks on a mission to turn her thus disastrous year around.

Hilarious, touching, and embarrassingly true to life, this is a wonderfully naturalistic and finely observed gem, powered by an incredibly sensitive and realistic performance from Elsie Fisher. It’s so grounded in the reality of being 13 that it almost operates like an uncomfortable yet nostalgic collective flashback – and reminds us we are all, ultimately, still terrified eighth graders at heart...

Please note Eighth Grade is a 15 Certificate- no one younger than 15 may see a 15 film in a cinema

What would you say to your 13-year-old self? Sumaya from Rife Magazine reflects on her experiences at the same age in this open letter. Let us know your wise words - comment on the article!

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