Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

DVD - 2018
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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.

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booksmile
Jan 17, 2019

Most realistic depiction of middle school that I've seen....it was really well-done and worth watching, but also painfully too real in a lot of scenes. As someone who got voted "quietest" in school too, I definitely related to the character a lot.

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GiovanniS
Jan 11, 2019

Was a fun watch. Brought back memories of when I was in Grade 8 and knew that was the last year I'd be seeing my classmates as we all branched off to different High Schools.

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TaliSpivak
Dec 28, 2018

This is a gem of a movie! While the protagonist may be young, and dealing with some age related issues, there are broader themes that viewers of all ages can relate to. Feelings of insecurity, the fear of beings ones' self, real life not reflecting the fantasy people project, etc. The movie is more poignant through the eyes of a young girl trying to navigate her feelings, and life and body changes. It is also intimately filmed, well paced, and perfectly cast.

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jimg2000
Dec 21, 2018

Fresh look on how 24/7 social media adversely affects the well being of introverts and less popular early teens. Eye opening lessons for those teens and their parents, that "It's not just you," because "And it's like being yourself can be hard."

VaughanPLRachelP Dec 17, 2018

I had to watch large parts of this with my hands covering my face... while technology has made large parts of Kayla's adolescence unfamiliar to me, this movie was still almost too relatable in many ways. It seems like being an awkward teenager spans generations.

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Mitzi352
Nov 28, 2018

I usually like teenage angst movies, but this one didn't have a shred of reality to it. Someone else commented that the end seemed contrived. Whole movie seemed that way to me. I couldn't even feel any sympathy for the character.

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ptv023
Nov 27, 2018

I had expected something much harder hitting and realistic, so the "happy" ending felt very contrived.

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Rag886
Nov 27, 2018

Such a good and insightful movie.

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sluitert
Nov 23, 2018

A quiet and largely accurate film about children of the 21st century. These are children to whom the tragedy of September 11, 2001 is prehistoric. 20-years ago we speculated wildly about the so-called, "digital divide." This movie depicts modern children with unfettered internet access coming of age and struggling with divisions caused by the digital world we constructed. Worth a watch for Gen X-er and Post-Millennial alike.

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soundspace
Nov 11, 2018

Solid B movie. Social media is a major factor in this film and the themes touched on here are so relevant today.
My favourite moment in the movie is probably the scene where Kayla steps out in the backyard of a pool party she is invited to. The depiction of everything going on in the mind of an introvert was very well done.

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jimg2000
Dec 21, 2018

"Why would I want to go somewhere like that?" And there's actually lots of reasons. Uh, one reason is that people might not know, like, the real you. Like, if you only ever see, you know, some people at school or something, then those people are only going to know the school you. But if you put yourself out there and you go to places you wouldn't usually go, people can know the movie you, or the pool you, or the party you, or the weekend you. All the yous that make up the real you.
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You know, you never know what's gonna, like, happen next, and that's what makes things exciting and scary.

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jimg2000
Dec 21, 2018

Is Dad still a dork? Because, if he's not, he's probably just someone pretending to be Dad.
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And it's like being yourself can be hard. And, like, the hard part about being yourself is that it's not always easy because, you know, like, people can, like, um, like, make fun of you, or something dumb. Because, like, people suck and evil people exist. Um, but you just got to ignore them and, like, not care what they're saying.
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Sometimes kids act like they don't like you, but it's really just 'cause they got their own stuff going on, and they don't...

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jimg2000
Dec 21, 2018

what I was trying to say, like, you know, you just need to put yourself out there
and, like, face your fears and, you know, let people know the real you. And, like, it doesn't matter if you're scared because everyone's gonna be scared.
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She's a different generation than us.
-She's not a different generation.
Yes, she is. She's four years younger than us. Okay, but people who were, like, four years older than us felt, like, fucking 50 years old.
-That's, like, blatantly not true.
Your sister.
- My sister just sucks.
Okay, but, like, on top of that, she didn't have Twitter in middle school, and we did. That made us different.
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When did you get Snapchat? What grade?
-Fifth grade.
Fifth grade?

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