Burnham is uniquely tuned into the minds and behaviors of his young characters and their hyper-active, hormonally-charged world. For a gloriously funny and heartbreaking 94 minutes, you too will feel like you’re 13 again.
Eighth grade is the worst – but luckily the same doesn’t hold true for Eighth Grade, the debut feature from writer/director Bo Burnham. The film follows an awkward, quiet thirteen-year-old named Kayla (Elsie Fisher) as she navigates her last week of middle school. Her eighth grade year was a disaster, and even though she isn’t the person she wants to be yet (despite what her inspirational YouTube testimonials may indicate), change is on the horizon: in the form of high school.