Every teenager tries to break the rules and, with this promo, it’s actually encouraged. (Of course, we’re not advocating mass chaos. Teenagers should still get their parents permission first. Actually, mom and dad can tag along, too.) The recently released (and critically-praised) independent film from comedian Bo Burnham, “Eighth Grade“, is Rated R. The adult rating means part of its target audience (teens!) can’t even see the film aimed to reflect their experience.
What does a movie studio do to fix the problem? On Wednesday, August 8, A24 invites moviegoers of all ages to rediscover the 8th grade with a night of FREE screenings in every state. No ratings enforced.
Parents wondering if it’s a right fit for their teens might want to read this op-ed on Rotten Tomatoes. (By the way, the film has a rare 98% score on the film review website.)
Bryan has seen the film and shares there were many sweet, funny and cringe-worthy moments in the film about the awkwardness of being a teen, the desire for independence and the need to fit in. Plus, there’s a tender storyline about being a single father to a teen girl. Our resident moviegoer also notes there were four F-bombs in the film and some rather mild sex talk. Other than that, it’s full of positive messages for teens, especially girls. Plus, lead actor Elsie Fisher’s performance is pitch-perfect, every awkward gesture, nervous laugh and shy glance.
Here in Colorado, the FREE screening is in Boulder at Century 16 (1700 29th St.) at 7:15 p.m.
Tickets will be available for pick-up starting one hour before showtime at 6:15 p.m. Upon arrival at the theater, proceed to Guest Services to pick up your ticket. Tickets are limited and based on a first-come, first-serve basis, so get there early.
If you have any questions about the promo screening, contact A24 at firstname.lastname@example.org.