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Eighth Grade Teen Movie Night


Eighth grade, I’m not going to lie, was a pretty stressful year. Thinking about high school and trying to get good grades and go through your last year of middle school. Now that I am in ninth grade I am looking back and telling myself I stressed myself out way too much. With the new film, Eighth Grade, I find myself looking back and realizing that I can relate to so many of the feelings that were shown in the film.

When I watched the movie, the first thing I thought was, ” Oh my Gosh, this is so relatable.” Everything from the trends to the clothing worn was everything that was happening in real life at the time. Some of the trends are even still happening to this day. Even my brothers who are in 11th and 6th grade could relate to some of the things happening in the film.

The movie sends an essential message to teens everywhere as well. Yes, you are going to be insecure about things, it is just how middle school works, but the important thing is to always be yourself no matter what. I know that parents say that all the time, but take it from someone who really is a teen growing up in today’s society. You always need to do what you feel like you should do and that is the movie’s message.

The last thing I absolutely loved about this film is the fact that the movie teaches you that no matter what you have to keep going, Kayla (the lead girl) in the movie goes through some major conflicts, but she always gets back up and brushes herself off. Nothing can stop her if she puts her mind to it. When I finished the movie, I felt empowered to do the same.

If you are a parent watching this, it opens up some great conversation starters to have with your kids. It gives you sort of an insight on what your child might be going through in school.

Eighth Grade is written and directed by Bo Burnham and is on DVD and Blu-Ray now. If you have an eighth grader, sixth grade, or even 11th grader, you HAVE to watch this movie. It will make you feel like you have a new perspective on life and school and the world as we know it.

Ella is the OC Mom Blog teen blogger. She is an integrated arts student at the Orange County School of the Arts by day, and a fashionista by night. She loves baking, teddy bears and nice people. Read her column here
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