Rob Fee gets an early look at the Bo Burnham film, Eighth Grade.
If this is your first time watching…what have you been doing with your life? It’s been a waste up until this point. What we do here is we take all the new movies, as soon as they come out. We watch them, tell you what we think you’ll enjoy. Not necessarily if it’ll be good or bad, but if
“it will be a nightmare to watch while you’re high,”
Which is something very handy to know! Last week I saw Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, so this week to keep the youthful theme, I watched Eighth Grade, the movie by Bo Burnham the comedian. And it’s so good it’s frustrating. His (Burnham’s) standup is hit or miss for me at times, I think he’s really intelligent, but it’s not always for me, which is fine.
“This movie is so poignant and good you’re annoyed by how good it is.”
What people don’t realize is: being funny isn’t just like, oh man, you’re good at jokes! It’s one of those movies where you’ll watch it and it reflects so much of your own experience. Then what it’s like now and you realize “oh my god,” it’s a different world then when I was this age.
It’s a brilliant, fantastic movie. It’s not a summer blockbuster. It’s not transformers 19…but its good.
Actual Eighth Grade Summary
Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Bo Burnham, in his feature-film directorial debut. The plot follows an eighth-grader, played by Elsie Fisher, who struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school. The film premiered on January 19, 2018, as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. It was released in the United States on July 13, 2018. The film received acclaim from critics, with praise for Burnham’s script and direction and Fisher’s performance.
Who is Rob Fee?
Rob is a writer and generally nice person originally from Harlan, Kentucky. In 2011 he independently released a comedy album called Grape Stomp that debuted #1 on iTunes comedy charts that he recorded in his friend’s call center after hours. From there he was brought on as a Segment Producer on The Ellen Show. He’s written for numerous networks and publications including MTV, Comedy Central, IFC, VICE, CBS, Funny or Die, Playboy, Maxim, IGN, Epic Meal Time, National Lampoon, Taco Bell, SourceFed, and dozens of others. He also published two books through Thought Catalog in 2015 and over 4,000 articles and essays online.
In addition to writing, he’s appeared on multiple series including Fox’s Red Eye, TNA Wrestling, Movie Fights, Nuclear Family, SourceFed, Fox’s Studio 11, and Machinima. He’s helped run social media for numerous award-winning shows and brands including Breaking Bad, Fargo, Wilfred, DiGiorno Pizza, White Castle, and Tidy Cat.
His work has been featured on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox Sports, and countless others. Above all of these things, he’s also a full-time Pokemon hunter with his son Jackson.