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Being Yourself Is Hard To Do In Trailer For Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade

Comedian Bo Burnham wants to take you back to middle school. 

A24 has released a trailer for the upcoming movie Eighth Grade, a character study focusing on the last week of school for a regular kid just trying to figure herself out with minimum embarrassment. Check out the trailer up above.

Elsie Fisher stars as Kayla, a quiet student who tends to only open up outside of school when she's on the internet, uploading vlogs to her YouTube channel and curating her social media accounts.

Carving out a space for herself online, Elsie spends the last week of eighth grade reckoning with the feelings of anxiety, insecurity, and peer pressure that affect her and millions of others as she tries her best to grow up and be a cool person — whatever that means. 

"While I was writing it, I was sort of coming to terms with the fact that I had anxiety, and I was putting a name on it," Burnham said, speaking about the movie's themes in an interview with Variety.

"Kayla's experience is very reflective of my own," added Fisher, addressing how much time Kayla spends online trying to fine-tune her identity. "I think this is a good portrayal of what the internet is — it's not always smiles."

Written and directed by Burnham, Eighth Grade is the first narrative feature from the comedian. Previously, Burnham directed a number of stand-up specials, including two of his own, one for Jerrod Carmichael, and Chris Rock's recent Netflix release Tamborine

As an actress, Fisher previously did voice work for the series Masha and the Bear and the movie Despicable Me 2, and she also appeared in the horror movie The Axe Murders of Villisca. In addition to Fisher in the lead role, the movie also stars Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Missy Yager, and Greg Crowe.

Eighth Grade will be out in theaters on July 13.