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Eighth Grade

2018, Bo Burnham, USA, 93 min. With Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton.

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 5th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 5th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 6th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 7th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Oct 8th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Oct 10th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 11th 6:15pm

"Funny, heartfelt, and utterly original." - Dana Stevens. Slate

"Sweet and intelligent and sometimes absolutely heartbreaking...Burnham has delivered something of a minor miracle: a portrait of a 13-year-old girl which never feels contrived." - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

Staking out unclaimed territory somewhere between John Hughes and Todd Solondz, EIGHTH GRADE has quickly received recognition as one of the most credible film treatments of the maelstrom of mortification that is early adolescence. Entering her last week of eighth grade, awkward 13-year-old Kayla Day navigates a minefield of looming embarrassments, including a pool party with the cool crowd, a classroom sex-ed video, an end-of-the-year assembly where she is named Most Quiet, a live-shooter drill, a Google-assisted attempt to learn the rudiments of oral sex, a visit to her upcoming high school, and a back-seat game of Truth or Dare with an older boy. Kayla's trials, both amusing and excruciating, will be all too familiar to ex-adolescents of all ages, but they have a special relevance to the current moment, when teenage self-consciousness is intensified exponentially by constant exposure on social media. Elsie Fisher, onscreen in every scene, delivers a beautifully authentic performance as Kayla; just as good is Josh Hamilton as her barely tolerated single dad, whose over-earnest but undiscouraged attempts to connect provide a satisfying emotional resolution to the film. Director Burnham made his name as a YouTube star, but there is nothing DIY about the punchy, sensitive direction of his remarkably assured first film, which steers clear of both snarkiness and sentimentality. DCP digital. (MR)

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