Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

Blu-ray Disc - 2018
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Thirteen-year-old Kayla 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.
Publisher: [Willowdale, Ont.] :, Universal Studios Canada Inc.,, [2018]
Branch Call Number: FIC Eight
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray DVD (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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VaughanPLRachelP Dec 17, 2018

I had to watch large parts of this with my hands covering my face... while technology has made large parts of Kayla's adolescence unfamiliar to me, this movie was still almost too relatable in many ways. It seems like being an awkward teenager spans generations.

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Mitzi352
Nov 28, 2018

I usually like teenage angst movies, but this one didn't have a shred of reality to it. Someone else commented that the end seemed contrived. Whole movie seemed that way to me. I couldn't even feel any sympathy for the character.

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ptv023
Nov 27, 2018

I had expected something much harder hitting and realistic, so the "happy" ending felt very contrived.

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Rag886
Nov 27, 2018

Such a good and insightful movie.

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sluitert
Nov 23, 2018

A quiet and largely accurate film about children of the 21st century. These are children to whom the tragedy of September 11, 2001 is prehistoric. 20-years ago we speculated wildly about the so-called, "digital divide." This movie depicts modern children with unfettered internet access coming of age and struggling with divisions caused by the digital world we constructed. Worth a watch for Gen X-er and Post-Millennial alike.

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soundspace
Nov 11, 2018

Solid B movie. Social media is a major factor in this film and the themes touched on here are so relevant today.
My favourite moment in the movie is probably the scene where Kayla steps out in the backyard of a pool party she is invited to. The depiction of everything going on in the mind of an introvert was very well done.

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momneedsabreak3
Nov 06, 2018

reminds me of my daughter, almost 100%

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ElizahLeigh
Nov 05, 2018

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elizahleighfingeld Nov 05, 2018
This is the first time I've ever commented on any item I've borrowed from the library (despite being a borrowing-a-holic). Eighth Grade was an unexpectedly pleasant surprise, and this is coming from a typically underwhelmed viewer of today's films.

While some of the interactions that the main character Kayla has with her perfectly sweet, well intentioned father are like watching a pinball sporadically zing from one extreme side to another, the viewer knows that her random outbursts are fueled by the hormonal insanity that plays out within the typically thirteen year old body. The vast majority of the 'firsts' that a girl of that age commonly experiences are reflected with dead-on accuracy in this film. You cannot help but relate with her struggles to fit in, her mini triumphs, and everything in between.

This film is well worth your time if you want to take a trip down memory lane and recall how awkward and invigorating and even personality-defining the transition from middle to high school was (and still is). It doesn't matter if you grew up 40 years ago -- the content in this film is STILL applicable.

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elizahleighfingeld
Nov 05, 2018

This is the first time I've ever commented on any item I've borrowed from the library (despite being a borrowing-a-holic). Eighth Grade was an unexpectedly pleasant surprise, and this is coming from a typically underwhelmed viewer of today's films.

While some of the interactions that the main character Kayla has with her perfectly sweet, well intentioned father are like watching a pinball sporadically zing from one extreme side to another, the viewer knows that her random outbursts are fueled by the hormonal insanity that plays out within the typically thirteen year old body. The vast majority of the 'firsts' that a girl of that age commonly experiences are reflected with dead-on accuracy in this film. You cannot help but relate with her struggles to fit in, her mini triumphs, and everything in between.

This film is well worth your time if you want to take a trip down memory lane and recall how awkward and invigorating and even personality-defining the transition from middle to high school was (and still is). It doesn't matter if you grew up 40 years ago -- the content in this film is STILL applicable.

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StarGladiator
Oct 30, 2018

Peter Travers from the Rolling Stone gushes:
"A flat-out triumph. An impossible-to-forget gift from the cinema gods."
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Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post breathlessly exclaims:
"A new iconic teenage herioine for the ages."
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SG of Seattle ponderously wonders: "Who in creation was responsible for hiring Peter Travers and Ann Hornaday - - Holy cuh-rap!"
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Please tell me that Travers and Hornaday weren't actually paid for spouting such crap weasel nonsense?!
This movie was lamesville--all--the--way! Writing and acting were abysmal, boring and non-engaging.
[Official movie disclaimer: No actual directors and actors were either used nor harmed in the making of this atrocity - - but the audience was thoroughly trashed!]
America is responsible for Trump, the Clintons and now this godawful movie!

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