Eighth Grade

Opens Friday, July 20
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1hr 34mins // directed by:Bo Burnham // featuring:Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson // CC, AD, Assisted Listening

Eighth-grader Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) always has her phone in hand, hoping to find connections online that might make up for those she’s unable to forge in everyday life.

She makes YouTube videos aimed at other adolescents dealing with similar issues—feelings of isolation, anxiety, and invisibility—but after so easily summoning this wisdom and confidence when addressing her (barely existent) audience, Kayla finds it paralyzingly difficult to apply in real situations. In the final week of a thus-far-disastrous school year—and with high school looming on the horizon—Kayla struggles to bridge the gap between how she perceives herself and who she believes she should be.

"Burnham, a Hamilton native, found fame early in his career as a singer-comedian online and elsewhere, but in his feature filmmaking debut, he directs with sympathy and remarkable assurance." — Ty Burr, Boston Globe


"Eighth Grade isn't a documentary, but it hews as close to the modern coming-of-age experience as currently seems possible." —  Kate Erbland, Indiewire


"First-time director Bo Burnham's tender take on teen angst, starring an incandescent Elsie Fisher, is a flat-out triumph-a film that is both indelibly of the moment and achingly timeless." — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone