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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
Jul 1, 2011 Limited
Oct 11, 2011
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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.
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.
Its charms feel somewhat calculated, but this reflective tale of outsider solitude has enough humor and poignancy to win admirers.
Terri may be strange, but it's a good, heartfelt strange that resonates long after the film ends.
Terri is a very funny film with strong performances and equally strong direction.
Whereas Jacobs père has been most concerned for the past four decades with using cinema as an instrument for exploring the mechanics and boundaries of visual perception, Jacobs fils is less a mad scientist than a misfit bard.
...An enjoyable coming-of-age film but a few of the darker sequences and the general feeling that you've seen this story before might keep it from being a larger success.
Like its eponymous protagonist, Terri sits awkwardly outside mainstream expectations, but is all the more appealing for it.
Funny and perky but unlike most Fox Searchlight films, never saccharine.
A winningly understated performance from John C. Reilly and a potentially star-making turn from lead Jacob Wysocki help place Terri's firm finger on the pulse of the often senselessly cruel high school experience.
Terri was shot in just a couple locations on a tiny budget, but it sense of heightened reality and terrific performances make it a strangely touching story.
The film's less-than-engrossing atmosphere is compounded by Wysocki's competent yet charmless performance...
Crafted with care and imagined with empathy, but the nicely realized scenes don't add up to a satisfying whole.
Against pretty tall odds, Azazel Jacobs' Terri turns out to be a very good movie with a great deal of charm.
John C. Reilly does what he always seems to do: He energizes, and thus steals, nearly every scene he's in.
Jacobs deftly mixes dark humor with moments of profundity that often take you by surprise.
Jacobs' pic might not be the most profound, but it's enjoyable, humorous, thoughtful, earnest and it has a feel for what it's like to be an adolescent geek.
A story that quietly captures both the general horror and the faint possibility of hope that distinguish teenage life.
Audience Reviews for Terri
- Mr. Fitzgerald: Cool Breeze Club, members only.
- Mr. Fitzgerald: What is wrong with you Chad? Honestly?
- Mr. Fitzgerald: That's not to say that it's not wrong, or weird. Because, believe me, it is!
- Mr. Fitzgerald: Who's ready to mourn!
- Dirty Jack: Watch the finger.
- Mr. Fitzgerald: Beans on toast? What, do you guys live in a hobo village? Do you guys go off on your donkeys after that?
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