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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

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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

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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Details

Official Sites:

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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
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The makeup tutorial that Elsie is watching is by Olivia Jade, daughter of disgraced star Lori Loughlin who bought Olivia's way into USC. 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

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Eighth Grade (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Orinoco Flow
Written by Enya, Roma Ryan & Nicky Ryan
Performed by Enya
Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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This is the movie you´ll tell your friends to see.
3 December 2018 | by tmasterinoSee all my reviews

"Eighth grade" is probably the most relatable movie i´ve ever seen. Im 13 years old and im starting eighth grade and when i was watching the movie i felt like i was in school, it looked so real, so authentic and honest. i felt the cringe moments in the skin like i was there.

Everything that happened to Kayla i think it already happened to me one day (although im a boy haha). I´ve had a channel on youtube too, i´ve gave advice to people, but i couldn´t apply them to myself.

The acting was also phenomenal! Elsie Fisher did really good but Josh Hamilton steals the show.

The movie remembered me of Lady Bird (2017).

"Eighth grade" is an authentic and relatable movie giving nostalgia to those who once were in Kayla´s position and making those who are in her position right now laugh out loud.


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