Bo Burnham is showing his movie "Eighth Grade" for free in every state to bypass the film's R rating

I haven't really gotten into the crime that is the R-rating stamped by the MPAA on Bo Burnham's "Eighth Grade." This joke of a rating inflicted on the film just shows how flawed the Hollywood rating system is. After watching Burnham's film, one of the year's best, in January I just couldn't help but wish I had seen it back in high school. It would have been a tremendous friend to help me cope with all the awkwardness that sneaks up on you at that age. 

And so, it is with fantastic glee that I welcome the news that A24 has decided to show the film for free, with no rating barrier, for everyone to see, this coming Wednesday in 50 states. 

The R rating for the film was given due to “language and some sexual material.”

IndieWire’s Chris O’Falt reported "the film earned an R rating for featuring the word “fuck” five times. MPAA allows feature films to get away with a PG-13 rating if “fuck” is said once, but any more than that results in a R rating. Numerous film critics and moviegoers took issue with the mature “Eighth Grade” rating because it prevented actual eight graders from seeing the film (and, as the movie honestly shows, eighth graders are no strangers to curse words anyways)."

I wrote last month:

With his raw, tender and heartfelt “Eighth Grade,” comedian-turned-filmmaker Bo Burnham made one of the very best films of the year. Burnham‘s miracle of a movie is all the more impressive by the fact this is the feature-length debut for the 27 year-old YouTube comedian known for small parts in movies from Judd Apatow and most recently, “The Big Sick.” 

I spoke to Burnham last month [interview]about the film, his own personal identifying with Kayla and his transition from YouTube video-maker to, now, one of the most celebrated debut filmmakers of the year.

From my January review:

The film follows Kayla (Elsie Fisher), whose constant self-reflectiveness is familiar enough to make you cringe at every stutter. Kayla’s dad (Josh Hamilton) is as good a single dad as you can be, given the fact that he has to contend with his teenage girl entering the most awkward and uncomfortable phase of her life.
The anxiety Kayla has within her, always in a state of questioning, makes the case for a kind of early-adolescent humanism we haven’t seen depicted on-screen so acutely. In “Eighth Grade” Burnham offers a snapshot of history in the making depicting a millennial generation as a zombie-like student body in are slaves to technology, social media, and their phones.