Middle school can be a confusing time — especially when you and your friends accidentally stumble onto a crime scene.
Summering, the newest film from The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt, follows four young friends (Lia Barnett, Sanai Victoria, Madalen Mills and Eden Grace Redfield) as they come of age the weekend before they start middle school. But, in the vein of Stand By Me, everything changes when the girls come across a dead body in the woods and decide to "try and find out who he was."
"The older I am," Sanai Victoria's Lola says in the trailer, "the more complicated my life gets."
Summering also stars Lake Bell, Sarah Cooper, Ashley Madekwe and Megan Mullally. Upon the release of the trailer, Ponsoldt told People that he's "not sure" he could have made Summering until he became a parent himself.
"I wanted to make a film in which my daughter could see herself. And her friends. I hoped to dignify the emotional inner lives of young female characters, to explore their imaginations and fears and hopes while they're on the cusp of adolescence," he said. "I hope that audiences who watch Summering, regardless of their age, might see a version of themselves in the film's young protagonists — or perhaps in those characters' parents, who find themselves cautious, hopeful and lovingly mystified, wondering: 'Was I really ever that young?'"
Summering opens in theaters August 12. Watch the trailer below.
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