If you thought you had stripped your consciousness of all the painful memories of middle school, prepare yourself to take a walk down memory lane while watching Eighth Grade.
Comedian Bo Burnham makes his writing and directorial debut in the most unique way – by diving into the inner workings of a 13-year-old girls brain as she navigates the horror filled hallways of the eighth grade.
Kayla, played by new-comer Elsie Fischer, has survived middle school up until this point, where she only has a week left until she is off to high school. She gives herself one last chance to make friends and put herself out there before summer starts. Cringe-worthy, awkward and terrifyingly accurate encounters ensue as she attends her first boy-girl pool party and works up the courage to have a conversation with the cutest boy in school.
If anyone says that they enjoyed their time in eighth grade, they are lying. There are pimples, growth spirts, bullies and zero fashion sense. To humor my readers, I will include some horrible photos of myself when I was in middle school.
My point is that eighth grade is scary, confusing and uncomfortable for everyone but most of us think we are going though it alone. This film shows kids and adults that it sucks for everyone! I didn’t realize that a movie Eighth Grade needed to be made until seeing it for myself. It’s important, it’s a conversation starter and it’s so incredibly well-written.
Burnham out-did himself with his impeccable attention to detail. He knew all the right lingo and apps that pre-teens are using these days and flawlessly incorporated them into the script. The banter between Kayla and her dad at the dinner table was extremely accurate and he took his time casting the kids to make sure they were perfect for the roles. Bravo, Burnham!
For the most wonderfully-cringeworthy hour and a half of your life, go see Eighth Grade. Click here for my podcast with Montez on 96.1 KISS FM. Now playing in theaters everywhere!