A24 made this possible by partnering with one theater in each state, allowing eighth graders and all teens under 18 a chance to see the movie that was made for them, without the requisite parental guidance.
Check out the director’s tweet announcing the plan:
Since Eighth Grade is rated R and that’s sort of stupid we’re doing free screenings in every state this Wednesday with no ratings enforced. Come watch, kids! https://t.co/iJi8nkmz0v
— Bo Burnham (@boburnham) August 6, 2018
Here’s a clip of Burnham and the film’s star, Elsie Fisher, announcing the screenings:
— A24 (@A24) August 6, 2018
Commenters were excited:
This is awesome! I loved watching it with my family. It’s so timely and beautifully filmed and acted.
— Aurora (@AuroraSumiko) August 7, 2018
bo and elsie announcing free, no rating eighth grade wednesday just saved me
— lyn (@fiImhoes) August 6, 2018
8th grade, such a very hard time in somebody's life, I hope that it does help the kids in some ways. I hope it sends out the message that they're not alone in a lot of the issues that they face these days. Good luck
— LadyLaurie❤BeachBum (@KLaurieks) August 7, 2018
this is awesome!! 13 year olds should be allowed to see this since its kinda about them…
— lil tann (@TANNlTH) August 6, 2018
Wow! And it has had excellent reviews too!
— Scott Richardson (@ScottRi46028382) August 6, 2018
Some fans gave kudos to A24 for making it happen:
This is such an inspiration. It doesn’t take much to change the world. This is small and huge at the same time.
— The Onawa Show (@onawa) August 7, 2018
I love you guys! A24 is so brave! Stay strong and creative as you are and I will always be around! Greetings from Brasil!
— Eduardo R de Moraes (@rabelodemoraes1) August 6, 2018
Upon its release, Eighth Grade earned an R rating from MPAA for language and some sexual content, preventing middle school-age teens from seeing a film targeted specifically for them.
This seemed unfair to some, such as independent filmmaker Sammy Paul:
Eighth Grade has, frustratingly, been given an R rating which sucks cause I think it’s a film that will ABSOLUTELY resonate with young people. All the more reason to go out and support it. As I’ve said before, it’s wonderful. @boburnham’s talent continues to surprise and amaze.
— Sammy Paul (@ICOEPR) August 6, 2018
Twitter users are ready to see it:
I’d actually like to see it bc I had a very shitty experience in grade 8 and I feel this is important for kids who’re as old as I was to see this too.
— Rena Nel (@rebel7heartsoul) August 7, 2018
I’ll take my sons despite the rating. And pay for the tickets.
People need to evolve. I’m concerned about my sons growing up in Trumplandia, not seeing an R rated film. This is an opportunity for me to talk with them, human to human. Not some out of touch parental bullshit. ☮️
— Cleo Everest (@CleoEverest) August 6, 2018
Of course there were a few jokes too:
Yeah the main character has to an equation and it takes like a 1/2 hour but it’s a really powerful scene, highly recommend
— borgisdumb (@bokodumb) August 7, 2018
If you’re a teen who would like to see Eighth Grade, check out this list of cities to see if there’s a free screening near you.