Golden Globe Nominee – Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (Elsie Fisher)
Adolescence today is marinated in social media, and this debut feature by Bo Burnham, someone very familiar with being a youtube phenom, delivers a glorious symphony of awkward poignancy as 13-year-old Kayla goes through her final week of middle school.
Elsie Fisher as Kayla is destined to be a new star with her performance as a sweet, vulnerable, and outcast YouTube personality who is mostly ignored by her peers.All Kayla wants is to be the coolest girl in the world, and what she doesn’t realize is that she already is. Along the way, she perfectly sums up that feeling of being 13: “I’m nervous, like I’m waiting in line for a roller coaster. I never get the feeling of after you ride the roller coaster.”. In Kayla’s world, there is a premium on always having something to say. She’s hooked to a steady drip of her classmates’ snaps and celebrity YouTube videos — everyone has something to share or teach or perform. No wonder she thinks the best way to make her mark is through a YouTube exposure, where she, in all her infinite eighth-grade wisdom, offers advice. (Sample advice: “The hard part about being yourself is that it’s not easy.”)
(US/ 2018 / Directed by Bo Burnham)
unrated / 94 mins.