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July 13, 2018

At the Movies: You'll want to click ‘like' for ‘Eighth Grade'

By JAKE COYLE
AP Film Writer

Not even Joseph Conrad had the courage to venture into that darkest of hearts: middle school.

Bo Burnham's “Eighth Grade,” however, plunges us into the day-to-day experience of a 13-year-old girl, Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) with just as much intensity as a journey down the Congo. Every sling and arrow, in the mall food court or on Snapchat, is felt acutely. Whenever Kayla's crush, the (to her eyes) smoldering Aiden (Luke Prael), steps in the room, the world turns slow-motion and the music thunders. End-of-the-year superlatives? The horror.


 
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