MUN Cinema Series: Eighth Grade
Thursday, Sept. 13, 7-8:35 p.m.
Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall
EIGHTH GRADE (USA 2018) 93 min. Directed by Bo Burnham. With Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan et al. There is a rich genre of coming-of-age movies, Ladybird being the most recent excellent example. Eighth Grade deserves to be a proud member of the repertoire, illuminating the painfully shy, gawky experience of being a 13-year-old girl. Elsie Fisher does an uncanny version of this type, inhabiting the role of Kayla Day like a pro. She lives with her well-meaning dad, crushes on a perfectly inappropriate boy, and distracts herself with YouTube activities—very 2018 all around. This debut directorial achievement by Burnham really ramps up the realism, because even if you were 13 many years ago the emotional truth of Kayla’s experience is powerfully, eternally universal. The tone is comic, but there are several honest moments of discomfort and edge that necessarily attend to the experience of being 13. Yes, we have seen hell: it is the eighth grade.
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