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Not the School Grade, The Film: Eighth Grade

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Not the School Grade, The Film: Eighth Grade

Helen Sullivan, Editor

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Eighth Grade is a cringey yet captivating film which looks into the mind of thirteen year old  Kayla. This extraordinary film was created by writer-director and stand up comedian Bo Burnham and his use of real life scenarios and relatable script reassures the audience that every person goes through this gawky and awkward stage. The film is so touchingly real, embarrassingly true, you might believe that the movie is found footage or everything just happens to be improvised and the cast is shameless. But it’s not.

 This teenage coming of age story is painfully realistic making it one of the most relatable movies for any teenager. Young Kayla hosts a YouTube series called “Kayla’s Korner” covering topics like “being yourself” and “putting yourself out there”. She sputters her way through these videos, attempting to be relatable and give life advice to her peers; despite the mere 2 views she gets. The harsh reality of her series is that her day to day life is nothing like the topics she covers.

Kayla is not a confident, well put together individual. In fact, she is a shy and quiet girl with little to no friends. This is a movie about a young girl who is trying to find herself and understand what she’s going through even though she doesn’t have the best support system; or so it seems that way to her. Kayla is the most relatable character, someone who is good at giving advice yet terrible at taking it.

Overall, Eighth Grade is a hilariously tragic look into the mind of a thirteen year old. If you’re not cringing at the script, wondering if you’re watching an improv skit, you’ll be thinking back to simpler times when you two were a tragically gawky teen who had no social skills yet thought they were hot stuff.

 

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