8th graders can see R-rated 'Eighth Grade' free this week

August 06, 2018 - 2:35 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actual 8th 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 says Monday that it's hosting a night of free screenings in every state on August 8 and waving the R-rating to allow kids of all ages to experience the film. There is at least one participating theater in each state.

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.

The Motion Picture Association of America gave the film an R-rating for some language and sexual material.

The only remaining barrier to entry? Parents.

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