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First trailer for Bo Burnham’s Sundance hit ‘Eighth Grade’ starring Elsie Fisher

Comedian/actor Bo Burnham (Key & Peele, The Big Sick) debuted his first film, Eighth Grade, to effusive praise at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and A24 has released the first trailer for the film.

A coming of age film for the Instagram generation, Eighth Grade digs into the life of Kayla (played by breakout star Elsie Fisher) as she navigates a life of uncertainty and misperception (she’s voted “Most Quiet” in school but doesn’t see herself that way), of acne and body issues it’s a keenly observed and audacious debut by both Burnham and Fisher.

Official Sundance Film Festival synopsis:

Eighth-grader Kayla Day always has her phone in hand, hoping to find connections online that might make up for those she’s unable to forge in everyday life. She makes YouTube videos aimed at other adolescents dealing with similar issues—feelings of isolation, anxiety, and invisibility—but after so easily summoning this wisdom and confidence when addressing her (barely existent) audience, Kayla finds it paralyzingly difficult to apply in real situations. In the final week of a thus-far-disastrous school year—and with high school looming on the horizon—Kayla struggles to bridge the gap between how she perceives herself and who she believes she should be.

The film also stars Josh Hamilton, Missy Jager and Emily Robinson. It was produced by Scott Rudin (Lady Bird), Eli Bush, Christopher Storer and Lila Yacoub. The film is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with 27 reviews.

A24 will release Eighth Grade on July 13th. Here is the trailer.

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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