Eighth Grade (2019)
Eighth Grade is the story of thirteen-year-old Kayla who endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school; the end of her disastrous eighth grade year before she begins high school. More broadly, this is the story of a teenager’s struggle with today’s social-media culture.
Director Bo Burnham’s debut feature film has been a roaring hit with the critics with The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw suggesting that “anyone with a heart and brain” should go and watch it.
Bo Burnham himself achieved fame as a teenager through YouTube by riffing on his insecurities, he is uniquely capable as the film’s writer and director to tell the story of Kaylam, who is portrayed with a natural ease by critically acclaimed actress Elsie Fisher.
“A note-perfect tale of a shy teenager’s struggle with our internet-obsessed culture” – Mark Kermode ★★★★★
“A simple story with the emotions of a cinematic epic” – The Independent ★★★★★
“Elsie Fisher is magnificent […] in Bo Burnham’s gripping drama” – The Guardian ★★★★★