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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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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 ... 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 ...

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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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

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A24, IAC Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eighth Grade (2018) premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. 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

Kayla: Growing up can be a little bit scary and weird.
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References Adventure Time (2010) See more »

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Performed by RonSoCold (as Ron$oCold)
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Unlike so many of a similar vein, 'Eighth Grade (2018)' isn't about 'kids gone wild' or 'the corruption of a constantly online world'. Rather, it's simply about a good person trying to figure out what it means to be herself. It's both a tender reflection and an in-the-moment snapshot, one that's not fuelled by nostalgia so much as empathy. It's wonderfully authentic and, as such, is incredibly relatable. There's nothing flippant about the flick, either. It comments on the internet, and social-media in particular, without being dismissive of it, never reducing social-media to some sort of blanket 'evil'. It's more nuanced than that, understanding where the root of most problems come from, and wholly accepts the world as it is. It tells a small story with small stakes that sort of seem non-existent - that is, until you remember just how big everything seemed when you were a child. Social anxiety as antagonist is a difficult thing to pull off, yet this does it almost impeccably. It also features one of the best father-daughter relationships I've seen on screen, one which culminates in a truly beautiful fire-side scene. Overall, the piece is pacy, nontraditional and entertaining. It's really uplifting, too. In some ways, it sort of functions as one of its protagonist's self-help videos: no matter how old you are, it tells you that everything is going to be okay. It's delightful. 7/10


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