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NEW TO DVD, BLU-RAY & DOWNLOAD; EIGHTH GRADE (15) HHHHH.

Thirteen-year-old Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) is in the final stretch of solitude at Miles Grove Middle School.

She stands awkwardly on the precipice of a more formidable challenge - high school - without any emotional support except for her father (Josh Hamilton).

Unexpectedly, Kayla receives an invitation to a pool party thrown by classmate Kennedy Graves (Catherine Oliviere).

Kennedy only extended the invitation under parental duress but Kayla attends nevertheless, hoping to bump into her 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).

Eighth Grade joins an elite class of cinematic coming-of-age stories which candidly reflect a pivotal moment when hormones rage, bodies develop at an alarming rate and every heartbreak is amplified beyond rational thought.

Humour and uncomfortable selfreflection are best buddies in writerdirector Bo Burnham's polished script. He doesn't spare his central character any blushes as she fibs about her sexual experience to impress a boy or spars with her father over the dinner table.

Fisher delivers a natural, unselfconscious and achingly funny performance of unvarnished, naked emotion. Top of the class.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Sep 5, 2019
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