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:
Here's a clip of Burnham and the film's star, Elsie Fisher, announcing the screenings:
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
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 bet.— Rena Nel (@rebel7heartsoul) August 7, 2018
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.
I’ll take my sons despite the rating. And pay for the tickets.— Cleo Everest (@CleoEverest) August 6, 2018
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. ☮️
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.