• Andrew Tuck

Eighth Grade

Courtesy: A24

The Plot:

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.

Courtesy: A24

The Verdict:

If you’re looking to take your kids to a movie these school holidays, Eighth Grade isn’t it.

It’s a long, slow, drawn out movie focused on a female eighth grader who goes through the modern day struggles of social media, the feeling of love and the pain of her future hopes and dreams turning into a burnt pile of ash.

The movie touches on the fake facade that is put on by a YouTuber or in Kalya’s case a wannabe YouTuber.

For much of the movie to felt like it was completely ad-libbed with long, drawn out bumbling scenes. There was many points I almost fell asleep.

The trailer makes it out to be way better than it is. A funny, teen movie based around social media and growing up. Not the case.

There is one strong message in the movie and that is the power of ‘no’ for a woman in what could have been a pressured sexual moment with a guy she didn’t really know. To many teens growing up pressure to have sex while neglecting to get consent for the other person is still a huge issue that needs to be address with further education within schools and family environment.

We all know growing up is hard and we all go through the stages during school were we have to build our own confidence up to face life. This is basically that movie. Not a movie I would recommend seeing.


1 out of 5 Choc Tops


Elsie Fisher, Emily Robinson, Josh Hamilton, Jack Ryan, Daniel Zolghadri

Directed by:

Bo Burnham

#2018 #A24 #Drama #Comedy

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