We missed this film when it premiered at Sundance 2018, where it was an Audience Award winner. I enjoyed this movie, many scenes reminded of drama with my own daughter. Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) is a shy 14 year old girl (voted Most Quiet) that is completing her last week of Eighth Grade. She has been raised solely by her loving father, Mark (Josh Hamilton), who is very patient and keeps trying to connect. Kayla is trying very hard to walk the line between being yourself and wanting to be friends with people who are totally concerned with looking cool. She puts herself out there, makes some brave moves and has some missteps. She learns that older boys are rarely interested in your personality. She isn’t crushed and pulls herself up and keeps moving forward. I did enjoy her videos. She maintained her own authenticity, she didn’t over dress or green screen in a fancy background. They probably weren’t ready for the public but I think she got a lot out of them because she had to organize her thoughts and says them out loud.
The social media is overwhelming, something I didn’t have to deal with. These children are experiencing their lives on their phones. Constantly comparing their lives with actors, bloggers and other people who are showing only their best sides. Where being normal or ordinary just isn’t enough.
This movie is about a girl that is normal and ordinary, and it is enough. If you have a daughter or are a daughter, you should see this movie – and apologize to your parents.
Eighth Grade Rating
Official Trailer – Eighth Grade
An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.
Eighth Grade Q & A Sundance 2018
Overview – Eighth Grade
|Principle Cast||Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson|
|Production Companies||A24, Scott Rudin Productions|
|Run Time||93 minutes|
|Premier||Sundance Film Festival 2018|