Bo Burnham Knows Eighth Grade Was Awkward For You, Too High school is hard ... but in some ways, eighth grade is harder. Pimples. Mean girls. Parents. It's the stuff of tragedy — and comedy — the likes of which we don't usually talk about. Comedian Bo Burnham sets out to do just that. He's the writer and director of a new film called "Eighth Grade."

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Bo Burnham Knows Eighth Grade Was Awkward For You, Too

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Bo Burnham Knows Eighth Grade Was Awkward For You, Too

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High school is hard... but in some ways, eighth grade is harder.

Pimples. Mean girls. Parents. It's the stuff of tragedy — and comedy — the likes of which we don't usually talk about.

But it's worth discussing: especially in an age of social media.

Comedian Bo Burnham sets out to do just that. He's the writer and director of a new film called "Eighth Grade," which tells the story of a girl in her last few days of middle school, trying to fit in and not make a fool of herself.

We spoke to Burnham about why he made the film, and what he hopes the audience will take away from it. According to him, we can all relate to the way eighth graders act and feel:

"I think we're going through a slightly eighth grade moment as a culture. It feels like the country's maybe operating at an eighth grade level. And especially with the internet, it's like everyone acts like an eighth grader on the internet, so why not talk about it through the only people acting their own age?"

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