The Arclight Isn't Enforcing 'Eighth Grade's' R Rating On Wednesday Night

Actress Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade. (Photo courtesy A24)

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.

Bo Burnham expressed his frustration with the R rating for a movie about middle school while encouraging kids to come check it out:

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.

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, first-served basis
  • 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:

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.


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