Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade…

“Okay guys,…” This is one of the films that I was most excited about seeing from this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Burnham’s film beautifully captured the awkwardness of a tween girl in a universally relatable way. By walking us through the journey of Kayla’s (played by Elsie Fisher) final week time in eighth grade the pressure that lies with the anxiety and desire to fit in  during one of the most awkward times in our lives, especially for girls. At times the film moved slow, but it was effective because the audience journeyed with Kayla.

Elsie Fisher carries this story on her back to remind us that we NEVER want to go back to eighth grade and the optimism that life does goes on.  “Gucci”

eigthgrade computer

From the desk of Dr. Metzger

“Eighth Grade” took us back to our awkwardly painful middle school days. I give it a C+The plus is for the excellent casting. Elsie Fisher embodies the social anxiety and emotional immaturity of an eighth grader. Watching her made me cringe and even forget in my seat. The casting wasn’t enough to carry the film. It moved slow and just like my own journey through eighth grade, I couldn’t wait for it to end. The best scenes were her and Gabe which was about 5 minutes total of the 90 minute film. Unless you are doing a study of childhood anxiety (which is captured accurately), you can go ahead a skip “Eighth Grade”.

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Morton: movie-tickets-300x211

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Eighth Grade 

Director:  Bo Burnham

Stars:  Elsie FisherJosh HamiltonEmily Robinson
Runtime: 1 hr, 33 mins

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