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There are many genres of film that I deeply admire and I am certainly always interested in seeing the latest coming-of-age films. This is because it is a genre of film that I really gravitate to on a personal level. Indeed, films such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Breakfast Club rank amongst my favourite movies ever and it seems as though we get a new coming-of-age movie every year that receives critical acclaim. Recently, it was Lady Bird and it now looks like Eighth Grade is the latest in a long line of great films in this genre.
The writer and director for Eighth Grade is Bo Burnham and, in an interview with Variety, he discussed the rating for the film and how he wishes that it was not R-rated:
“I didn’t want to make it R-rated. I just wanted to portray the way kids’ lives are. It didn’t feel like our responsibility to portray the reality that we felt was appropriate for kids.”
“I would love kids to be living in a PG-13 world. They just aren’t. Hopefully it encourages parents to bring their kids, but I promise it’s exposing kids to nothing they aren’t already aware of.”
Burnham also spoke about the positive reception that Eighth Grade has received so far and whether there is any specific piece of feedback which has surprised him:
“It’s been good that people who aren’t just eighth graders or parents of eighth graders are resonating with it. I’m neither of those things, and I resonate with it. To see types of people you wouldn’t expect — like 30-year-old dudes with no children — to see the film from Kayla and feel her. That’s been really, really nice.”
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