Glasgow Film Festival 2019 Review – Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade, 2018.

Directed by Bo Burnham.

Starring Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson and Jake Ryan.

Synopsis:

With one week of eighth grade left, an introverted 13-year-old girl tries to make it to the end.

1986’s Stand By Me sees four young boys on a cross-country hike to find a dead body. The story is quite grim, but its heart is pure, and that’s down to one thing; the portrayal of the kids. Unlike some movies about children, Stand By Me presented them unfiltered in their profane, silly but natural glory. Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade is similarly real, painting a vivid landscape of today’s flossing, snapchatting, and crucially, struggling teens.

Kayla (Elsie Fisher) is a normal 13-year-old girl. At school she’s written off as the shy one (especially when she wins the class superlative award for Most Quiet), at home her only desire is to be
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