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:
[box type=”shadow” align=”” class=”” width=””]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.[/box]
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.