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Eighth Grade

This screening took place on
Monday, September 17, 2018 at 8:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

The 2018/19 Available Light Cinema series kicks off with a screening of the Indie comedy hit of the summer. Painfully realistic, tenderly acted coming-of-age dramedy starring the scene-stealing Elsie Fisher as Kayla a thirteen-year-old who 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. "As much as Burnham can be applauded, it's impossible not to clap even harder for the pitch-perfect acting of newcomer Elsie Fisher, a marvel in the lead role of an apparently unremarkable 13-year-old." - Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail Kid appropriateness: From CommonSenseMedia.org: "Parents need to know that Eighth Grade is an extremely realistic, relatable indie dramedy directed by YouTube star Bo Burnham about going through adolescence. Elsie Fisher (the voice of Agnes in Despicable Me) stars as socially awkward eighth grader Kayla, a social media-savvy teen who's enduring the awkward transition between middle and high school. The biggest red flag here is the frequent strong language. But despite the swearing and some suggestive comments and conversations about hook-up culture, implied masturbation, sharing nude photos, and "how far" Kayla has gone or is willing to go physically with a boy, this is a good (if slightly cringe-worthy) movie to watch with your teen. " Recommended for ages 14+
  • Directed by Bo Burnham
  • 2018, USA
  • 93 minutes
  • Parental Guidance Advised

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