Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school-the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year-before she begins high school.
Directed By: Bo Burnham
Written By: Bo Burnham
Starring: Elsie Fisher (Kayla), Josh Hamilton (Mark Day), Emily Robinson (Olivia), Jake Ryan (Gabe), Daniel Zolghadri (Riley), Fred Hechinger (Trevor), Imani Lewis (Aniyah), Luke Prael (Aiden), and much more.
Genre: Comedy & Drama
Runtime: Approx. 94 Minutes
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Subtitles: English SDH
Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Bo Burnham and Actress Elsie Fisher
You’re Not Alone: Life in Eighth Grade
I give the Eighth Grade Blu-ray a B.
Eighth Grade introduces us to Kayla (Elsie Fisher) who is going through her last week of Eighth Grade. She keeps to herself at school and makes youtube videos about situations she had encountered and experienced herself. In the end, she learns to accept herself as she ends one milestone and enters another- preparing to enter her first year of High School.
I really enjoyed this film. I think anyone can relate to Kayla as we all had that awkward stage while going through middle school, trying to fit in, and finding oneself. There are some situations that I don’t think I could have made it through at her age. For example, she was invited to a pool party at one of the popular girl’s house. She walked out in her bathing suit and went straight to the pool (something I could never do) or she went to talk to the boy she liked. Her youtube videos were insightful. I felt she made the videos not only to help herself but to help others. She posted a video to talk about how she felt in a situation or how to get through a situation.
Eighth Grade is not so much a chick-flick but a film about a girl overcoming her insecurities and finding herself. I think everyone (male or female) can relate to and learn from Kayla!
Catch Eighth Grade out on Blu-ray & Digital October 9th!