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Review: Bo Burnham's 'Eighth Grade' is a beautifully honest portrait of adolescent girlhood

At a few points in "Eighth Grade," Bo Burnham's sharp, sensitive and enormously affecting new movie, you might feel the urge to snatch the phone out of someone's hand and hurl it against the wall. (No, not the guy texting in the seat next to you, although you have my blessing.) I'm thinking mainly of the scene in which a shy middle schooler named Kayla Day (a terrific Elsie Fisher) bravely initiates a casual conversation with two popular girls in her class. They offer one-word replies and keep their eyes on their phones, hoping to get this strained interaction over with as quickly as possible.

The girls aren't bullies; they regard Kayla not with hatred so much as embarrassment

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