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EIGHTH GRADE (15) .....BEAUTIFUL-YETAWKWARD 13-year-old Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher), is in the final stretch at middle school.

Unexpectedly, she is invited to a pool party thrown by classmate Kennedy Graves (Catherine Oliviere).

Kayla attends, hoping to bump into unrequited crush Aiden (Luke Prael).

She is oblivious to attention from Kennedy's cousin Gabe (Jake Ryan).

Soon after, Kayla meets her high school mentor Olivia (Emily Robinson), who introduces the eighth grader to a coterie of older friends, including Riley (Daniel Zolghadri).

He initiates a game of truth and dare that compels Kayla to heed her own words of wisdom: "Be yourself and don't worry what other people think."

Eighth Grade comes top of the class in every respect from director/ writer, stand-up comedian Bo Burnham's sensitive portrayal of the flawed protagonists and their tribal rituals to Fisher's natural, unselfconscious and achingly funny performance.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Apr 26, 2019
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