"Eighth Grade" changes the game when looking at coming-of-age movies

"Eighth Grade" changes the game when looking at coming-of-age movies

It's a film so honest that you will feel personally attacked by it's accuracy.

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As a Bo Burnham fan, "Eighth Grade" has been one of my most anticipated movies of 2018 ever since the comedian and first-time filmmaker tweeted it out last fall. I was fortunate enough to see an early screening of it this past Tuesday and it did not disappoint.

A simple blurb prefacing this film would be something along the lines of 'Follow Kayla (Elsie Fisher) during her last week of eighth grade and all of the shit that goes along with that,' but that doesn't come close to encompassing everything that this movie is about. It captures all of the anxieties and constant struggles that Kayla deals with and exhibits them in a way that's so authentic you can't help but empathize with her. That, paired with all of the cringy moments that result from her hilarious relationship with her single dad (Josh Hamilton) makes this film feel all the more real.

A key part of "Eighth Grade" is the social media component and how it actually affects the lives of teens. Kayla makes these videos giving life advice like "Putting Yourself Out There" and "Gaining Confidence" and posts them on Youtube. She watches makeup tutorials when getting ready for school, and she scrolls through Instagram before falling asleep. It's the first film I've seen that correctly portrays social media as a tool to help kids who feel clueless and alone, rather than to "brainwash us" or whatever the baby boomers are saying.

"Eighth Grade" does an incredible job of really bringing you back to those horrible years and memories that we tried so hard to suppress. Kayla reminds us how life was, and still is, fucking hard. Girls are mean, boys are horny and parents just don't understand anything. And your world is so small. You have little sense of belonging and virtually no scope of importance; something we adults (ha, I'm 20 and cry all the time, but sure) take for granted. One clever aspect of the film is in which scenarios Burnham decides to showcase how eighth graders live in their own world; all while keeping with the current social climate. One scene in particular shows Kayla and her classmates in the middle of a school-shooter drill. "Now kids, what do you do if you hear gunshots?" "Run the other way." Most of us would find this scenario horrifying, but because Kayla is growing up in an age where a school shooting seems to be more of a mainstream phenomenon, she doesn't care. Instead of paying attention, she spends the drill staring at her crush, Aidan, from across the hall.

"Eighth Grade" shows how things that may seem simple to adults are daunting for kids. Things like going to a pool party, making small talk or going on your first date--all of these seemingly little moments when Kayla feels nervous, upset or happy are amplified into bigger moments, because, when you're 13, everything is a big deal. This is something, as an audience member, I didn't know I needed to see. Thank god Bo Burnham did.

If you're wondering, yes I did cry. It started about 10 minutes in and then was on and off until the credits rolled (@jadedill on Twitter for pics). This can all be yours on July 20th! Or, if you're an elitist in New York or Los Angeles, you get to indulge starting Friday, July 13th.

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14 Inspirational 'Winnie The Pooh' Quotes For College Kids Feeling Like Eeyore

Of course he with the help of his friends.

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Winnie the Pooh and his friends were my best buds as a child. Now, as a college student, I've realized they knew more about life than I thought.

These 14 quotes from the 'Winnie the Pooh' movies, TV shows, and books, is getting me through this difficult semester, and maybe it will help you, too.

"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -Christopher Robin

"The nicest thing about rain is that it always stops. Eventually." -Eeyore

"The things that make me different are the things that make me." -Piglet

"It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." -Eeyore

"Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." -Winnie the Pooh

"Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering." -Piglet

"Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." -Eeyore

"Spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count." -Rabbit

"There's no difference between falling a thousand feet to the jagged rocks below and tumbling out of bed." -Tigger

"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." -Winnie the Pooh

"I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I have been." -Winnie the Pooh

"To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." -Eeyore 

"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for other to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." -Piglet

"When you are a bear of very little brain, and you think of things, you find sometimes that a thing which seemed very thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it." -Winnie the Pooh

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Before 'Sex & the City', There Was 'The Carrie Diaries'

I have three final exams coming up next week…so it only makes complete sense that I'm about one season deep into my third rewatch of "The Carrie Diaries".

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I have three final exams coming up next week…so it only makes complete sense that I'm about one season deep into my third rewatch of "The Carrie Diaries".

Carrie isn't afraid to be herself 

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Carrie is unapologetically herself. Like me, she over-analyzes every little detail and makes no secret of her passion for writing. She has a real zest for life that makes it a little easier for her to bounce back after dealing with hardship. She comes across as naïve at times, but Carrie knows exactly what she wants and what she's willing to do to get it.

New York, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

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Carrie has an awe-inspiring appreciation for the city that never sleeps. Every time she so much as steps into the Big Apple, she radiates a sincere love for the essence of the city.

I have no doubt that if this show were set in the present day, Carrie would be my twin in taking Instagram after Instagram of the city, hash-tagging with #Don'tNeedAManJustNeedMANhattan, because let's be real - New York is the true bae, so to speak.

Always Remember: Career first, Guys second

Carrie's liberated, fabulous boss at her fashion internship, Larissa Loughlin (Freema Agyeman), disperses little bits of advice that suggest in no uncertain terms that girls should focus on becoming someone. That someone should be well spoken and be determined to get the job done. At one point during the show, Larissa offers Carrie an amazing opportunity. When Carrie turns it down in favor of a relationship with a boy, Larissa looks at Carrie incredulously and says, "You're giving it up for a boy? The world is full of boys."

Larissa also reminds Carrie that not everyone is made for a future languishing in the suburbs. While that is the dream of some women (and that is totally alright), Carrie, like a lot of the girls I know (including myself), has a vision for herself that extends beyond the nostalgic allure of a white picket fence and a station wagon. She has goals that transcend attaining the attention of a boy, and that transcend being a wife or a mother.

That being said; love is utter and total madness 

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In the show, Carrie's relationship with Sebastian is one heck of a rollercoaster, and at one point she tells him she loves him so much that it physically hurts.

Love is always confusing, and there's always one person everyone goes back to regardless of how difficult things seem. Carrie's tendency to read into everything makes it even more nuanced.

One of the best lessons on this show is that even if you're perfect with or for someone, circumstances may make it such that you have to let them go. Not everything is going to go according to plan, and even if it does, there is no guarantee it will stay that way. All you can do is hold on to your memories and keep the people you love in your heart.

Good friends will always have your back

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It's no secret that being in high school or even college is hard. There's so much to balance, and so much change going on. This is why it's essential to have friends you can lean on when times get tough.

As you grow up, you may find that some friendships survive and others don't. Carrie certainly is lucky to have such a close gang of pals who love and support each other.

Carrie's different friends also bring out different sides of her. Mouse (Ellen Wong) reminds her to focus on the important things in life and be steadfast in her aspirations. Walt (Brendan Dooling) shares Carrie's love for the city and for fashion. Maggie (Katie Findlay) gives Carrie advice on relationships and helps keeps things light in times of trouble. In return, Carrie offers her own practical advice and listening ear to her best friends.

To just about sum it up—watching heartwarming, realistic characters struggle through an era when "Reagan and shoulder pads were all the rage"? Count me in.

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