Eighth Grade (2018) Comedy Drama
No rape or sexual assault
Rape or sexual assault mentioned, discussed, implied
Sexual harassment on-screen (e.g. verbal, non-consensual touching/grabbing)
Sexual relationship between adult and teenager
Child sexual abuse
Incest
Attempted rape
Rape off-screen or strongly implied
Rape on-screen

Description

The protagonist, an eighth grader, learns that the boy she has a crush on recently broke up with his last girlfriend because she refused to send him nude pictures of herself. The main character proceeds to tell the boy she has a folder of nude photos intended for her future boyfriend on her phone and he is interested. He asks her if she gives blow jobs and she responds that she does and she is good at them. Later, the girl is seen watching YouTube videos about how to give oral sex. They are not graphic. Minutes later, the girl goes into the kitchen and takes a banana. She brings the banana up to her mouth, obviously intending to practice giving oral sex, but her father enters the kitchen and asks why she is holding a banana when she hates to eat them. The girl proceeds to try and eat the banana, clearly disgusted, but spits it back out and leaves. The scene is played for comedy. Later on, the main character is given a ride home by a male high school senior (age unknown, but he could be a legal adult). Shortly after the only other high schooler gets out of the car, the driver pulls over and gets into the backseat with the main character. He pressures her into playing a game of truth or dare, taking his shirt off and trying to get her to do the same. The main character grows increasingly uncomfortable and when the high schooler touches her, she shouts no. She apologizes several times and the high schooler gets back into the driver's seat. He is upset and guilts the main character, telling her she is going to feel ashamed when a boy her age finds out she is inexperienced, and that he was 'only trying to do her a favour'. The main character is dropped off at home, where she goes to her room and starts to sob; her father attempts to console her. The scenes are played very seriously. Bo Burnham, the writer and director, stated (regarding the car scene) during a Q and A after the early screening that scenes dealing with anything sexual were on closed, tightly controlled sets. Even if the banana scene plays 'funny' it was not funny on set, but handled respectfully. Burnham claimed he wanted to portray a sort of 'intelligence' in teenage males, rather than the 'brutish jock type' typically seen taking advantage of younger girls. He recognizes that even if nothing physically violent took place, the car scene depicts something terribly violating.

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