Terri (2011)

Terri
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Mature themes, sexual references and coarse language

Director: Azazel Jacobs
Actors: Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Bridger Zadina, Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia

Sensitive, overweight and awkward, Terri is painfully aware that he is definitely outside the inner circle of high school life. Resigned to his status, Terri is surprised when his tough-talking high school vice principal, Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly), takes an interest in him. Under Mr. Fitzgerald's tutelage, Terri befriends a pair of fellow misfits: Chad, an edgy loner whose rebellion masks his own insecurities; and Heather, a sexually precocious girl whose beauty proves to be a trap of its own. Although the three teenagers are vastly different on the surface, their status as outcasts in the rigid high school hierarchy helps them find an unexpected, imperfect bond.

DVD
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 105mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
by Simon Miraudo,

Terri is a broken-hearted dramedy about what it really means to be a misfit (and not the actually-a-smoking-hottie kind of misfit seen in Glee). It also puts in the spotlight a talented young director (Azazel Jacobs) and heralds a new screenwriting talent (Patrick DeWitt) who we can look forward to refining their craft and delivering even more affecting films in the future. But in the meantime, Terri will do. Jacob Wysocki stars as the titular character; an overweight 15-year-old who lives alone with - and cares for - his mentally ill uncle (Creed Bratton; yes that Creed Bratton). Terri has taken to wearing his pyjamas to school, and his tardiness has caught the attention of his school’s Assistant Principal Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly, reminding us that he still has a little Mr. Cell...

Terri is a broken-hearted dramedy about what it really means to be a misfit (and not the actually-a-smoking-hottie kind of misfit seen in Glee). It also puts in the spotlight a talented young director (Azazel Jacobs) and heralds a new screenwriting talent (Patrick DeWitt) who we can look forward to refining their craft and delivering even more affecting films in the future. But in the meantime, Terri will do.

Jacob Wysocki stars as the titular character; an overweight 15-year-old who lives alone with - and cares for - his mentally ill uncle (Creed Bratton; yes that Creed Bratton). Terri has taken to wearing his pyjamas to school, and his tardiness has caught the attention of his school’s Assistant Principal Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly, reminding us that he still has a little Mr. Cellophane in him at this post-Apatow stage of his career). Fitzgerald, ever thoughtful, if a little manipulative, takes Terri under his wing and invites him into his club of “good-hearted” school outsiders. So begins a friendship - born out of pity - that eventually offers both parties insight and comfort as they deal with their individual pains. It might not be the quirky coming-of-age comedy that the premise promises, but there are some very funny moments amidst the picture’s deep sadness. More bitter than sweet, but at least it feels real.

3.5/5

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Member Reviews (9)

Didn't particularly like this movie, slow moving to the point of not going anywhere at all
Posted Thursday, 14 February 2013 See my other reviews
Jonno
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I'm not sure quite how I can categorise this film, and even less sure what I can say about it other than - I had a few chuckles from watching it and it made me smile!
Posted Wednesday, 6 June 2012 See my other reviews
Reggie
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Yeah yeah, not bad.
Posted Sunday, 27 May 2012 See my other reviews
Melzy
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Weird .. and SLOW ... feels like the movie doesn't finish *sigh*
Posted Sunday, 29 April 2012 See my other reviews
Mary Mannison
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A faultless integration of script, acting and directing; not a wasted moment. It even had a message. Dare I say "we're all doing the best we can". Reminded me of Todd Solandz, but purer and with a more promising outcome. Must have been a pleasure to work on.
Posted Wednesday, 28 March 2012 See my other reviews
Tamara
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So slow and sad. It ends with you thinking there must be more
Posted Thursday, 22 March 2012 See my other reviews
Julie
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Not the best movie I've seen, kept waiting for something good to happen, never came.
Posted Wednesday, 15 February 2012 See my other reviews
Deb
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A really great movie about acceptance. The acting was fantastic and your heart went out to Terri!. Loved it.
Posted Sunday, 5 February 2012 See my other reviews
Lynda
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Slow, no real story and very boring. Turned it off and went to bed before it finished. What a dissapointment as the trailer looked good.
Posted Sunday, 22 January 2012 See my other reviews