EIGHTH GRADE (M)
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This exquisitely poignant and authentic portrait of a solitary teenage girl is unlike anything we have seen before. This is a revealing journey inside a young girl’s head – someone stuck in that lonely place where the more they try to fit in, the more they feel left out. Kayla (played by newcomer Elsie Fisher) is doing the best she can to move away from that place. Her nightly social media posts and daily missions to be noticed are heartbreaking on a surface level, but heroic once we drill deeper into Kayla’s world. Parents of teens starting high school will draw a lot from Eighth Grade.