A24 will screen Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade free of charge across the U.S. on August 8 – and free of its constrictive R rating. 

Until now, actual eighth graders couldn’t see the searingly raw and empathetic film about adolescence, but Wednesday’s screenings will make it accessible in all 50 states.

Eighth Grade‘s R rating won’t have jumped out at older moviegoers who don’t have to worry about that sort of thing, but it points to bigger problems with the Motion Picture Association of America and its archaic and often arbitrary rating systemEighth Grade earns its R because of a few errant f-bombs; sorry to say, MPAA, but that’s no more than most teens are used to hearing daily. Read more…

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