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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

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,539,709, 4 October 2018
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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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Trivia

Many reviewers likened and compared this movie to the John Hughes teen comedies of the 1980s (for example, the New Yorker's Naomi Fry, the Chicago Tribune's Heidi Stevens, Newsweek's Anna Menta, and even Molly Ringwald, the star of many of those Hughes films). Coincidentally, the actor who plays Gabe, Jake Ryan, shares his name with the main male character of Hughes's Sixteen Candles. 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

Mark Day: You're wrong. If you grow up to have a daughter like you, she will make you so so happy. Being your dad makes me so happy, Kayla. You don't know; you don't know how happy you make me. It's beyond... I can't describe it. It's so easy to love you. It's so easy to... to be proud of you. I'm not just saying this. I swear to God, I'm not just saying this. Sure, sometimes if I see you're upset or having a rough day, then I feel sad. But that kind of being sad, that sort of day-to-day sad, or worrying...
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Connections

References Dumbo (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star Spangled Banner
Written by John Stafford Smith
Conducted and Arranged by David Yarrington
Performed by Band Students of Suffern Middle School
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Extremely accurate and hard to watch
14 August 2018 | by oliviaej-09390See all my reviews

This movie was emotional for me for reasons I'm not sure how to express. It was very relatable and well-made, making you absolutely feel for the protagonist in every way. Everything about it was spot-on to me. It made me cry very hard in the middle, cry in the car, and tear up throughout the day afterwards. It's definitely worth the watch.


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