Eighth graders will be able to see the R-rated coming-of-age movie "Eighth Grade" in select movie theaters across the nation Wednesday.
The film's distributor A24 has announced that it's hosting a night of free screenings in every state on Aug. 8 and waiving the R-rating to allow kids of all ages to experience the film. There is at least one participating theater in each state.
In Connecticut, Hartford’s Palace 17 and Odyssey, 330 New Park Ave., is offering the free screening at 7 p.m. A manager at the Hartford theater confirmed that the 7 p.m. screening is first-come, first-served, free admission for all, and the R rating will be waived.
The film from director Bo Burnham follows a shy 13-year-old girl in her last week of middle school and has been widely praised for its authentic depiction of being a young teenager in the social media age.
Burham has advocated that middle-schoolers see the film with their parents, telling The Associated Press in an interview last month, "I hope it gives kids an insight on parents and parents an insight on kids."
The Motion Picture Association of America gave the film an R-rating for some language and sexual material. The rating calls for viewers under the age of 17 have to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian, but theaters have discretion about whether they enforce the restriction. thisis.eighthgrade.movie/