Surely one of the year's most notable writing and directing debuts, Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade succeeds in getting closer to the heart, mind, and soul of a young person than most other movies have ever dared. Many movies either follow the thrilling adventures of lucky young people, or the sad, cruel events that befall unluckier children. Viewers usually witness from an outside place, either cheering along or shaking heads in grim realization. Pete Docter's Inside Out brilliantly, cleverly imagined the inner workings of a young girl's brain, and now Eighth Grade does something close to that without the benefit of animation. This feels wonderfully real, mixed with pain, joy, uncertainty, and love. Our eighth grade hero here is Kayla (Elsie Fisher, the voice of Agnes in the Despicable Me movies), and "hero" is an apt term for anyone that tries as hard as she does...