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Eighth Grade (2018)

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An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.

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Bo Burnham

Writer:

Bo Burnham
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elsie Fisher ... Kayla Day
Josh Hamilton ... Mark Day
Emily Robinson ... Olivia
Jake Ryan ... Gabe
Daniel Zolghadri ... Riley
Fred Hechinger ... Trevor
Imani Lewis ... Aniyah
Luke Prael ... Aiden
Catherine Oliviere ... Kennedy
Nora Mullins Nora Mullins ... Steph
Gerald W. Jones Gerald W. Jones ... Tyler
Missy Yager ... Mrs. Graves
Shacha Temirov ... Mason
Greg Crowe ... Mr. McDaniel
Thomas John O'Reilly ... Edmund
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Storyline

In his feature film directorial debut, comedian Bo Burnham deftly encapsulates the awkwardness, angst, self-loathing and reinvention that a teenage girl goes through on the cusp of high school. Given that the 27-year-old stand-up comic achieved fame as a teenager himself through YouTube by riffing on his insecurities, he is uniquely capable as the film's writer and director to tell the story of Kayla, an anxious girl navigating the final days of her eighth grade year, despite creating a protagonist w female instead of male. Like Burnham did more than a decade ago, 13-year-old Kayla turns to YouTube to express herself, where she makes advice blogs in which she pretends to have it all together. In reality, Kayla is sullen and silent around her single father and her peers at school, carrying out most of her interactions with her classmates on Instagram and Twitter. Her YouTube videos are a clever narrative tool that provide insight into her inner hopes and dreams, much like an ...

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eighth Grade See more »

Filming Locations:

White Plains, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$263,797, 15 July 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,539,709, 4 October 2018
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Company Credits

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A24 See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Speaking on Marc Maron's WTF podcast, director Bo Burnham said that technology company Apple were going to provide laptops and phones for the film for free, but they were unhappy with the scene where the iPhone broke when it got thrown. As a result, the laptops shown in the film were those belonging to the crew and the broken iPhone scene was kept in. See more »

Goofs

In the mall scene where Kayla first walks in to meet Olivia, she walks past a number of mid-mall kiosks. One of them has a mirror and you can see the crew briefly reflected as she moves through the scene. See more »

Quotes

Olivia: Eighth grade is the worst.
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References The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) See more »

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5 Stars
Written by Joshua Welton (as Joshua Aaron Michael Welton)
Performed by CounterCulture
Courtesy of CounterCulture Entertainment, LLC
By arrangement with Hitcher Music
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This movie is very relatable
12 May 2018 | by valofan-52877See all my reviews

I went and saw this movie at the Chicago Critics Film Festival. I am 29 years old and completely enjoyed this film about Eighth Grade. It hit home many times reminding me of my own middle school and high school years. I have never related to a character more than I did to Kayla. I found myself crying multiple times because it brought up intense emotions. Burnham deals with the awkwardness of that age with comedy while exploring the deeper themes during that time period. I recommend this movie to anyone.


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