The Arclight Isn't Enforcing 'Eighth Grade's' R Rating On Wednesday Night
Eighth Grade has won a lot of praise for depicting middle school in all its squirmy awkwardness. Perfect movie to help teens get through that time, right? But it's rated R, so they would have to — oh no — go to the movie with their parents.
A24, the studio behind the movie, is offering special free screenings Wednesday night — where ratings won't be enforced. So now teens can check it out without (or with, you do you) their parents.
EIGHTH GRADE is rated R for four (4) F-words and some PG-13-level sex talk, all involving middle-schoolers. It's also full of positive messages for teens, especially girls. I think around 15 is probably a good age to see it, but I don't know your kid (probably). https://t.co/7jQZW61zsH— Eric D. Snider (@EricDSnider) August 6, 2018
Bo Burnham expressed his frustration with the R rating for a movie about middle school while encouraging kids to
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
While they're having at least one screening in every state, the only theater in the L.A. area with this option is the Arclight Hollywood. They're screening the movie at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
BONUS for those checking out that screening — director Bo Burnham and star Elsie Fisher will be doing a Q&A.
8/8/18: A night of free #EighthGrade screenings in EVERY state across the country. No rating enforced. If you've been through 8th grade, #EighthGrade is for you — https://t.co/oZ7MLYs8bp! @BoBurnham @ElsieKFisher #ThisIsEighthGrade pic.twitter.com/O83HK3s9Mr— Eighth Grade (@eighthgrademov) August 6, 2018
Here's more on how you, or a teen in your life, can go see the movie:
- Pick up tickets starting one hour before showtime
- They're available on a first-come,
- Go grab a popcorn and a soda — you deserve it
Simple enough, though there's no telling how high the demand is going to be for the limited screening. But, looks like some theaters agree that middle-schoolers should be able to see it:
this is just to tell u all the little indie movie theater next to my job has a sign saying they won't card middle-schoolers who want to see eighth grade even tho it's rated r & I think that's cute— Devan Boyle (@devanboyle) August 6, 2018
If you can't make the Arclight screening, or you just want a sneak preview, we interviewed director Bo Burnham about the movie. Burnham and Fisher also did a Q&A at Twitter L.A. today:
See more details on screenings here, in Northern California, and elsewhere at this link