Newcomers Elsie Fisher plays a quiet teenager in the coming-of-age comedy Eighth Grade, which marks the first feature written and directed by stand-up comedian Bo Burnham.
The film revolves around Fisher’s character, Kayla Day, a 13-year-old teenage girl struggling with her anxiety and the pressure to be perfect as she makes her way through the last week of middle school, in a world where social media plays an important role in every youngster’s life. The cast also includes Josh Hamilton as Kayla’s father, Emily Robinson, Daniel Zolghadri, Natalie Carter, Kevin R. Free, and others.
The trailer opens with the protagonist, who has her own YouTube channel, telling viewers that “the topic of today’s video is being yourself.” “Being yourself can be hard, and it’s like ‘Aren’t I always being myself?’ And yeah, for sure, but being yourself is like not changing yourself to impress someone else,” she says and then signs off with an enthusiastic farewell and her signature line, “Gucci!” The trailer also features Kayla, named “the most quiet in school”, revealing, in one of her vlogs, that she doesn’t talk a lot at school, but if people talk to her, they’d find out that she’s “like really funny and cool and talkative”.
The songs used in the trailer are the 1988 hit single “Orinoco Flow”, also released as “Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)”, by the Irish singer-songwriter and musician Enya, and “Slip Away,” the lead single from Perfume Genius’ fourth album, “No Shape”, released in 2017.
The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it received critical acclaim, some of the reviews being shown throughout the trailer, and is set to be released in theaters this summer, on July 13.