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  • Is the traditional teen flick still relevant to Gen Zers?
  • Is the traditional teen flick still relevant to Gen Zers?
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Eighth Grade: a truthful take on the teen experience

For decades, movies about adolescence have depicted cartoonish cliques and outrageous triumphs. But in Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, 13-year-old Kayla is neither bullied nor popular, and her social fate changes little – a realistic take on teen life for a young audience craving relatability.

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For decades, pop cultural narratives about adolescence have depicted cartoonish cliques and outrageous underdog triumphs. But in comedian Bo Burnham’s movie Eighth Grade, 13-year-old protagonist Kayla is neither bullied nor popular, and her attempt to use technology to change her social fate leaves her feeling the same – ignored and inconsequential.

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