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Eighth Grade (2018)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 3 August 2018 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Bo Burnham

Writer:

Bo Burnham
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 60 wins & 91 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Shacha Temirov ... Mason
Greg Crowe ... Mr. McDaniel
Thomas John O'Reilly 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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Taglines:

Based on the most awkward year of your life

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Filming began one week after actress Elsie Fisher graduated eighth grade. See more »

Goofs

Kayla would not be able to watch a YouTube video on oral sex instructions without confirming that she was over 18 years old first. See more »

Quotes

Mark Day: If you could just see yourself the way I see you, the way you really are, then, I swear to god, you wouldn't be scared either.
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Connections

Featured in MsMojo: Top 20 Teen Movies of the Century So Far (2020) See more »

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Future Club
Written by Perturbator (as James Kent)
Performed by Perturbator
Courtesy of Blood Music
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I have been looking forward to seeing this movie FOREVER
27 September 2018 | by MovieCriticOnlineSee all my reviews

The trailer was amazing and had been dying to see it. So I started to watch hoping I was gonna love it. Starts a little slow compared to how the trailer painted it. (The opening monologue is way too long)

A few extras looking too much into the camera in a distracting way and overdoing their background work. A few camera shots were jarring and distracting. Minor things, but surprised.

Too much music driving the scenes. It almost starts to feel like a music video. As soon as one song stopped and it felt like just being a movie instead of a musical montage, another track started. By the pool that started to get REALLY annoying. Less music and quicker cuts would have been better. Music was also too loud. Whoever was in charge of the music should be fired. What a shame.

JESUS!! They literally could not let the movie play for 30 seconds without starting a new track!! It went throughout the whole movie, until toward the end. It ruined it!!

No coherent story. Just random scenes that constantly digressed from one focus to another. No one story-line ever really completed. It was almost like it wasn't written, but not in a good way. Sometimes I felt it was overwritten so it was odd.

Some of the scenes were a little too forced and unnatural like they were pushing the cringe too much and not creating a balance of emotions. Some were just straight up staged like the hallway where she faces the two popular girls who are ignoring her on their phones.

There was a lot of humor inferred in the trailer, but it was actually mostly cringe and very little humor.

SO DISAPPOINTED! It was the ONE movie of the year I was looking forward to that looked the most promising.


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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

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$263,797, 15 July 2018

Gross USA:

$13,539,709

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,347,433
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Company Credits

Production Co:

A24, IAC Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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