Tender but brutal. It doesn't trivialize Kayla's emotions, her anxiety and depression. It's sadly easy for adults to dismiss the depth of feeling and impact of what children and teenagers experience as tragedies that we might view in hindsight as minor upsets. Eighth Grade has such a clear understanding of the utter banality of upper-middle class suburban teenage life: the mean girls mostly ignore you, the boys are dumb, the parents (mostly) try their best, the school shooting drills are…
I feel pretty fine about this movie. It's what I expected from the trailer (which I think a lot of people mis-read). It's kind of like they took the documentary Miss Representation and put it in a Magic Bullet with most of Megan Trainor's hit singles and some Mean Girls and 13 Going On 30.
Probably the best acting I've seen Schumer do; that's not shade, she just tends to play more broad. But here she has some wonderful moments of quiet nuance. Michelle Williams was very amusing. Rory Scovell is a very cute leading man.