Friday Flicks: Eighth Grade & Three Identical Strangers

The Morning Show

Film critics Chuck Koplinski and Pam Powell join the Morning Show and in this week’s Friday Flicks, they are reviewing “Eighth Grade” & “Three Identical Strangers”.

Eighth Grade (Starts Friday) Kayla (Elsie Fisher), an introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.  This poignant, heartfelt movie accurately captures the awkwardness and angst of early teenage years, much of it effectively conveyed by the genuine performance by Fisher.  Bo Burnham’s script has a contemporary feel to it that hits home while a fine performance from Josh Hamilton as Kayla’s well-meaning but clueless dad makes this a relatable look at a time of life most of wish we could forget. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated R. 93 minutes. SAV.

Three Identical Strangers (Starts Friday) In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they’re triplets who were separated at birth. Then they discover why. This engrossing documentary takes an abrupt turn that’s genuinely surprising, leading to a conclusion that cannot be predicted. Arresting from beginning to end, the film deals with a stranger than fiction situation that’s bound to infuriate and haunt the viewer. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 96 minutes. ART.

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