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Eighth Grade

  • 2018
  • R
  • 94min
  • 99%
  • 7.5 / 10

Eighth Grade follows the eighth-grader Kayla Day through her last week of middle school before she moves on to high school. Kayla is shy and socially anxious, and she struggles to make friends at school. Despite her timid nature, she posts motivational videos on Youtube, giving advice about self-esteem and confidence. Her videos receive hardly any views, but Kayla keeps posting them. Throughout the movie, Kayla struggles through a series of awkward encounters, trying to make friends and navigate through her first sexual experiences with boys. After this, Kayla feels like a phony who can't even follow her own advice and decides to stop posting Youtube videos. At home, Kayla opens a time capsule that she had made two years earlier and feeling disappointed with herself, asks her dad to help her burn it. Kayla's father gives her some encouragement and she begins to feel better. At the end of the movie, Kayla decides to create a new time capsule and buries it in the backyard with the help of her father.

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Eighth Grade was inspired by writer and director Bo Burnham's own experiences with anxiety throughout his life. He was also inspired by seeing a teenage girl taking selfies alone in a mall, which reflected themes of loneliness, worries about appearance and reliance on social media that Burnham felt were omnipresent in Generation Z. Burnham discovered actress Elsie Fisher on Youtube and decided to cast her in the lead role, giving her her first major acting credit.

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Eighth Grade is a 2018 comedy film from director and writer Bo Burnham. Although Burnam is well-known for his stand-up comedy, Eighth Grade marks his first foray into directing a feature film. The film stars Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan, and Fred Hechinger. Eighth Grade first premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and later received a theatrical release in movie theaters across the United States. Eighth Grade garnered praise from both critics and audiences and was listed as one of the Top 10 Films of 2018 by both the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute. The film was also nominated for several awards, including four Independent Spirit Awards and a Golden Globe for lead actress Elsie Fisher.