The “high school experience,” such as it is, is a popular environment for adult filmmakers to try and make sense of the world of the youths of today. There’s as much if not more drama, intrigue, and romance than a Shakespeare play, and yet very few are able to do the setting the justice it deserves. Enter Hailee Steinfeld’s The Edge of Seventeen, which just released a new Red-Band trailer and looks like the perfect blend of honest, funny, and weird.

The film is already getting rave reviews from critics who saw its premiere at this year’s TIFF, so it looks like modern cinema’s dearth of good high school movies (save for a few standouts like Juno and Easy A) is coming to an end.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The Edge of Seventeen is a new coming-of-age movie in the vein of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club – an honest, candid, often hilarious look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s modern world. Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

The Edge of Seventeen is written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig and opens on November 18.

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