Terri (2011)



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A hit at the Sundance 2011 Film Festival, Terri is a moving and often funny film about the relationship between Terri, an oversized teen misfit, and the garrulous but well-meaning vice principal (John C. Reilly) who takes an interest in him. Terri is produced by the team behind Blue Valentine and Half Nelson, and directed by Azazel Jacobs (Momma's Man). -- (C) ATO Pictures

Rating: R (for sexual content, language and some drug and alcohol use - all involving teens)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Azazel Jacobs, Patrick DeWitt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 11, 2011
Box Office: $0.7M
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as Chad Markson

as Uncle James

as Heather Miles

as Mr. Flemisch

as Dirty Jack

as Mrs. Davidson

as Mrs. Vick

as Waitress

as Samantha Goode

as Priest

as Joe Hollywood

as Joe Hollywood

as Marcus Bloom

as Custodian

as Donny Washburn

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Critic Reviews for Terri

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (36)

Lest you think that you've already seen every possible variation on the outsider-nerd story, Terri keeps plenty of surprises up its pit-stained sleeves.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Top Critic

Jacob Wysocki infuses his performance in the title role with precisely that same duality, turning Terri into an oversized portrait of adolescence -- so naive yet so wise, strangely believable and believably strange.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Its charms feel somewhat calculated, but this reflective tale of outsider solitude has enough humor and poignancy to win admirers.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A sweet and subtle comedy about the awkwardness of adolescence.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Jacobs has a knack for hanging back and allowing movies to grow on you. It gathers power as it goes.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Terri is a very funny film with strong performances and equally strong direction.

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Terri


Terri is a solid proof that you don't need a complicated plot or tons of CGI effects to come up with a movie worth remembering. It's so simple and real, and loving the protagonist is ultimately inescapable.

Jacob Wysocki is a real talent and is perfect for the lead role. I think the movie wouldn't have been as endearing as it is if it wasn't for John C. Reilly playing Mr. Fitzgerald. Yes, not a lot of things happened in the movie, but that's actually the beauty of it.

You just want to feel pity for Terri the first time you see him going to school in his pajamas. But as the film goes on, pity becomes the last thing you want to feel for him. There's a movie I saw a few years back (let's pretend I have forgotten title) and it's something about a fat teenage girl. Although the performances were undeniably praiseworthy, for me the whole movie thrived on hatred and a truckload more of negative stuff. Terri, on the other hand, is all about some raw human being goodness. If only all the people out there had a bit of Terri in them, then there'd be hope for humanity.
3 1/2 Stars 1-27-14

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Mr. Fitzgerald: I screw up all the time. Because that's what people do.

"We've all been there."

Terri is a fresh little indie dramedy that features two outstanding performances from Jacob Wysocki and John C. Reilly.  Jacob Wysocki plays the title role and it's his first feature performance ever. He's really good, but I don't think he's ever going to break the typecasting. I see he's already lined up for a film called Fat Kid Rules the World. John C. Reilly is at his best in movies like this. It seems like he's getting back to doing more and more indie stuff, and I love it. 2010 had Cyrus, this year he starred in Cedar Rapids and Terri. 

It should come as no surprise that this movie isn't very plot heavy. It is a character study and a pretty damn good one at that. Terri is an overweight teen, who lives with his uncle. He doesn't know where his mom is and he doesn't know where his dad is. Being as overweight as he is; he's obviously going to get made fun of. The fact that he only wears pajamas just makes matters worse. He is able to forge a friendship with the vice principal of his high school though. The two help each other out.

Terri is one of those movies that is classified as a comedy, even though it is never laugh out loud hilarious. It has some funny moments, but it never creates laughs just because. It worries more about the characters, most notably Terri. In another movie Terri may have been exploited for laughs, which would have been easy. A three hundred pound teen wearing pajamas could be funny. But in this movie we don't laugh because we get to know him and we feel for him. Even though I have very little in common with Terri, I found myself trying to relate to his situations. 

Terri isn't going to excite you. It is slow paced and nothing much happens. Many people just can't handle movies like this and I don't particularly blame them. I can see how movies of this type could come of as pointless and just a waste of time, but I love these types of movies. I love Terri not only because it's different, but because it's realistic and easy to relate to. 

Fans of coming of age movies, indie movies, and patient storytelling should rejoice in Terri. But if you're looking for a comedy that will make you laugh endlessly, you may want to look elsewhere. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

It starts off following the same old coming-of-age / mentor movie formula, but Terri eventually transcends those tropes, mostly because just about every moment is so sincere and filled with such humanity and truth. This is helped along by the eye-opening performance by Jacob Wysocki (Terri), yet another actor this year who won't get nearly the amount of attention he deserves. A long and surprisingly tense and emotional scene that serves as the climax really sums up the confusion that sometimes comes with being a teenager, and the script as whole is filled with poignant lines that simplify the film's main themes and put that whole 'growing up' thing into a clear perspective. Fascinating character study.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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