Why Bo Burnham is "bummed" over MPAA's R-rating of "Eighth Grade"


Writer and director Bo Burnham gives his candid thoughts on the MPAA rating for “Eighth Grade.” The film centers on a 13-year-old girl’s very realistic experiences in middle school, though “Eighth Grade” still received an R rating from the MPAA, likely for its use of strong language. Burnham reveals to Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams on an episode of “Salon Talks” that he didn’t try to “soften” it to receive a lower rating.

“Buy a ticket for Ocean’s 8 and just sneak in,” Burnham says. “‘Eighth Grade’ is R-rated because eighth grade is R-rated. That’s just the truth of it.” Burnham continued, “I can promise to parents that this movie is not exposing anything to kids that kids aren't very, very aware of.”

Watch the video above to hear Burnham on the R rating. And check out the full interview to learn about Burnham, a former YouTube star, sees the newer generation of YouTubers. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope.

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