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Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school-the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year-before she begins high school.
Comedy - While centering on a young teenage girl in eighth grade, this
comedy/drama's language and sometimes suggestive subject matter make
the film for an older audience, particularly older teens and young
adults. There are no majorly recognizable stars in the film.
PROFANITY: 5 F-words; 4 S-words; 1 GD; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: A glimpse of a sex toy. VIOLENCE: None. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic lines and situations, sometimes suggestive; sight gags.
Rolling StoneFull Review Excellent ...Eighth Grade is one of the best movies of the year. But mostly, it's the empathy that Burnham invests in his characters that turns this coming-of-age movie into something special and unique. ...the kind of movie that leaves you laughing hysterically or fighting back tears, often simultaneously. It's not a documentary, though it often feels like one.
Slant MagazineFull Review Very Good Underlying many scenes is a strain of eeriness, as if the film were offering up a post-human spin on Pretty in Pink. Burnham's film has laid out a perverse dog-eat-dog landscape of teen monsters and addictive machines...
The GuardianFull Review Very Good It feels real without ever meandering, the work of a skilled curator showcasing his impressive knowledge of the teenage psyche. Eighth Grade isn't easy, both on screen and in life, but it's a film that should be a rite of passage for all, no matter the age.
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