Best movie of the year for me, too. I went with my 8th-grade son and 20-year old niece. I also plan to watch it with my 7th-grade daughter very soon.
Both of my kids are very confident and have many friends, but there was still a whole lot that they identified with. And I, who had the experience of being in middle school but also is currently experiencing being the dad of two middle-schoolers, found it doubly relatable. As we were leaving my niece said, “Well… that hit a little close to home!”
It also opened up a Very Important discussion with my kids about how they can be kind with other kids who are “quiet” or don’t seem to have a lot of friends.
*It’s understandable, but a shame, that the film is rated R. I mean it has bad language and they talk (with ignorant bravado) about blow jobs. I hope it doesn’t dissuade too many parents from taking their young teens to see it. It’s no more R-rated than a day in middle school actually is.