This week, the new Eighth Grade trailer dropped and its taking us all the way back to the harrowing days of junior high. In his directorial debut, comedian Bo Burnham delivers an authentic—and sometimes authentically cringe-worthy—depiction of adolescence in this coming-of-age story that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January.
Eight Grade follows Kayla Day (played by 14-year-old Elsie Fisher) through her last day of middle school. After Kayla is voted “most quiet,” she creates her own YouTube channel to gain confidence and friends and makes us feel all the awkwardness that is so eighth grade.
Burnham does a phenomenal job of highlighting the truths of middle school, in all its acne glory. While Kayla preaches the message of authenticity on her YouTube channel, she struggles with living life authentically through the glare of social media. Kayla navigates sex ed, parents, crushes and having to pull on a bathing suit in front of her peers despite her own anxiety.
We’ve all been there, girl.
Burnham’s portrayal of today’s teen culture has us all grateful that social media didn’t exist when we were surviving middle school. At the same time, it’s an eye-opening experience that has us all hugging our teens a little closer and hopefully figuring out ways to cope together.
Check out Eighth Grade when it hits theaters on July 13.
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