The movie has a strong moral worldview with a poignant father-daughter relationship that has a positive resolution. I like Burnham but it felt like he was a bit too out of his element here. The teen characters were portrayed well; it was the adult characters that I had a bit of a bone to pick with. The two tend to have an understanding relationship. Burnham's film very much breaks new ground by portraying Generation Z teenagers and their lifestyles in such an emphatic light. And maybe the best thing about it is that it gives us a main character who tries to make things work, who tries to adapt and make friends.
A slang term for male genitalia is used repeatedly. What makes Kayla and her struggles relatable? Another male character removes his t-shirt and tries to manipulate the protagonist into removing hers. Eventually Kayla does attract some attention, yet it is definitely the wrong kind. As for Elsie Fisher, this is a breakout performance and she truly carries the movie on her shoulders. And then there's the story in general. Kayla knows she's considered one of the quietest girls in her class, and she's fine with that, because at home she records and uploads videos of herself talking about gaining more confidence, getting out of her comfort zone, and other self-help topics.
This is such a simple concept, but Eighth Grade illustrates it with profoundly elegant precision. Kayla is paired up with Olivia Emily Robinson , a senior who seems to have the right look, clothes, and confidence. Not every story has a goal-driven narrative. Her smile is so rare that when it comes it almost cracks her face, but the joy is so enormous is threatens to push her into a panic attack. Her earphones are in and the brightness of the screen dominates her face. Pay attention all you young directors who think movies are pretty shots and cool music.
They don't have a handle on social language yet. The situation ends with a couple crude jokes about the term. Especially the outcasts and those who suffered bullying. Eighth Grade tells the story of Kayla Day Elsie Fisher , a shy, socially awkward introvert who craves friends and a sense of belonging. Luckily the movie has a somewhat hopeful message, as Kayla recognizes that making a connection with her father and finding friendship are both possible, if not with the so-called popular kids she admires. While Kayla comes across as innocent and needy and we root for her, her character lacks the nuance and depth that could have taken the film to another level.
Starting out as a YouTuber himself in 2006, he knows how social media platforms can propel a career forward and earn one unlimited praise. Most of these center around Kayla, whose courage and resilience are genuinely inspiring. References are made to sexting. Similarly, Kayla's dad Mark Josh Hamilton has a difficult time connecting with her at home, in no small part because Kayla would much rather focus on reaching out to people through social media than talk to Mark about her day to day life. Page last updated October 17, 2018 Eighth Grade Parents' Guide Kayla shows signs of an anxiety disorder — a panic attack at the pool party and describing herself as constantly feeling nervous and full of butterflies.
In particular, the score and soundtrack are overbearing. This is Elsie Fisher, a 13-year-old actress herself, amazingly in touch with what it's like to be in the stage of life she's actually in. We end with her making a video for her 18-year-old self in the future. As the school year winds down, some of the eighth graders are paired with high-school buddies for one day. Kayla is petrified to emerge from the restroom where she is getting dressed. Fisher is fabulous in writer-director Burnham's poignant, sensitive exploration of the challenges of early adolescence in the age of social media and constant phone use. Through all this, Kayla is afraid to discuss her most difficult moments with her father for much of the movie, but, thankfully, she usually makes the right moral decisions at each key turn.
Not everything about the film is polished. The struggles of teenagers are woven into our cinematic history. A term of Christian deity is used. Bo Burnham is a stand-up comic with a distinct style. Eighth Grade: A- As always, thanks for reading! If so, how did it go? Her dad struggles to keep a connection with his adolescent daughter, who seems hell bent on shutting him out.
By regarding these intimate moments away from our small screens, Burnham captures the essence of human connection. Her YouTube videos are a clever narrative tool that provide insight into her inner hopes and dreams, much like an. I think this film works not only because Burnham did an amazing job directing the score, in particular, was awesome and the actress who played Kayla was great. I will not say that she suffers from depression but I do think she suffers from anxiety. Kayla needs only to remove her earphones and unplug for a few minutes and open up. Kayla doesn't have any friends, and harbors a gigantic crush on the sleepy-eyed uber-confident Aiden , swooning whenever she looks at him. There is a brief glimpse of transparent plastic male genitalia.
Does strong language make a movie more or less relatable to you? In his feature film directorial debut, comedian Bo Burnham deftly encapsulates the awkwardness, angst, self-loathing and reinvention that a teenage girl goes through on the cusp of high school. It's not original or unique, It's something that has been done hundreds of times over and that lack of creativity really kills it for me. The music over the scene becomes almost deafening, the camera roams its locale in a frenzy manner, and what we see are young teenage children screaming and contorting their bodies like pretzels. Kayla looks forward to life in high school, even though she realizes that all her hopes for junior high went nowhere. Visually stunning and emotionally satisfying, with a conclusion that may leave the parents in the audience a little tearful.
But she always got up the next day, made a new positive video, and tried to make her life better. Advertisement The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. However, whether attending popular girl Kennedy's Catherine Oliviere birthday party or talking to her crush Aiden Luke Prael , nothing seems to go Kayla's way and she mostly winds up being horribly embarrassed. Heck, The first 15 minutes alone could have Fisher's great performance can only do so much. But Burnham has Kayla decide to go on her own. The result is a film that manages to be charming, tender, funny, and squirmy-inducingly realistic all at once.