Eighth Grade has been stealing the hearts of audience members ever since it first screened at Sundance this year. People have raved about it constantly and I couldn’t wait to see what all of the hype was about. It was written and directed by Bo Burnham, who is one of my absolute FAVORITE comedians, so I had an inkling that it was going to be amazing… and it was.
Also, relatable as hell.
Eighth Grade tells the story of a young girl named Kayla who’s going through the struggles and changes that all of us went through at that age. So many things begin to happen during that year, and we try our hardest to keep up with them. All of us (and if you didn’t, I envy you) dealt with the horrific acne, puberty, and the overall struggle of trying to fit in, which is why Kayla is so easy to relate to. This movie also showed what it’s like growing up as a kid in 2018, which made me even more happy that I will NEVER have to experience that age again AND in this day and age.
So, let’s talk about our leading lady, Elsie Fisher! She’s the star of the movie and keeps the entire thing grounded. Her bumbling and open personality help to bring this character to life and she does a magnificent job of reflecting how we all felt in that period of our lives. Throughout the movie we also see her relationship with her father, played by Josh Hamilton, and how bumpy it gets over time. This was something I could relate to on so many levels, and it’s how I felt watching Lady Bird also. When you’re that young and you’re trying to seem “cool”, the last thing you want is to have your parents around. You feel embarrassed and you pick fights, but it doesn’t make them love you any less…because they’ve been there too. I did it with my mom, and look at us now! She means the world to me and we can laugh about how absurd my behavior was then because we understand why it happened.
Eighth Grade is hilarious and heartfelt and I absolutely adored Elsie Fisher. I can’t wait to see what she does in the future and what projects Bo creates down the line as well. This movie will hit theaters on July 13, 2018!