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Harold (2008)

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As a young teenager suffering from really early male-pattern baldness, Harold has never had it easy. Despite the efforts of his scattered mother --- and aggravated by his beauty-queen-mean sister - life is a trial for Harold. And, now his teen angst is topping out: He's facing his first day at a new high school in a new town. He's not only going to be the "new kid," but the "new weird bald kid." Day one turns out to be even worse than he expected. Right off he comes face- to-face with the school bully, and learns very quickly that the new school's teachers are barely more sympathetic or supportive than his bullying nemesis. Harold's saving grace arrives in the person of Cromer, the subversive school janitor, who knows and cares far more about the students than any teacher or administrator. With a cleverness hidden behind his unassuming janitor's uniform, broom and bucket, Cromer comes to Harold's aid, teaching him how to out maneuver his adversaries, and, ultimately, how to survive that most difficult and dreaded American institution ---High School.
Rating:
PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, language and teen drinking)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Spencer Breslin
as Harold Clemens
Ally Sheedy
as Maureen Clemens
Stella Maeve
as Shelly Clemens
Nikki Blonsky
as Rhonda Patterson
Chris Parnell
as Coach Vanderpool
Suzanne Shepherd
as Maude Sellers
Colin Quinn
as Reedy
Rachel Dratch
as Ms. Norris
Robert Gorrie
as Patrick
Lou Wagner
as Principal Wagner
Elizabeth Gillies
as Evelyn Taylor
Angel Sing
as Chang
Fred Willard
as Dr. Pratt
Kate Hodge
as Dusty
Alan Aisenberg
as Malcolm
Nicky Katt
as Police Officer No.1
Nohman Sakhi
as Jugdish
Evan Daves
as Dennis
Jim Downy
as Mr. Pinchot
Michelle Fields
as Michelle
Jill Weigand
as Waitress
Kid Million
as Cop #2
Pat Shannon
as Rhonda's Dad
Sarge Pickman
as Alibi Club DJ
Wass W. Stevens
as Prisoner
Dave Attell
as Barker
Judith Knight Young
as Lunch Lady
Joey Blonsky
as Malcolm
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Critic Reviews for Harold

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

A terminally lame puberty comedy about a prematurely bald 13-year-old.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Harold is a genuine oddity that's more watchable than it sounds.

Full Review… | July 11, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

There's little indication, beyond the endlessly unfunny school humiliations and fogey-dom signposts (ha ha, he uses Old Spice), that the notion of a preteen codger is worth our sympathies.

Full Review… | July 11, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Harold is the type of one-note dead zone ideally suited for a bathroom break while sitting home on a Saturday night, alone and semidrunk, in front of the television.

Full Review… | July 11, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

The long stretches of dead air that, it can only be assumed, were supposed to be filled by laughter provide ample time for pondering what audience Harold, T. Sean Shannon's strenuously stale comedy, was intended to find.

Full Review… | July 10, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

confidently struts along, seemingly unaware of its lackluster script and distinct lack of professionalism.

Full Review… | October 1, 2008
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Harold

Another new comedy where I didnt recognize many of the faces, but absolutely adored the film. Harold is a ten yo boy who happens to be bald. He is well liked in his town, but is forced to move when his mother's job transfers her. Needless to say he quickly becomes a target for bullies, but also an asset for high-schoolers wanting alcohol (the scenes of him buying booze are some of the best in the movie).

D M
D M

bad, very very bad. it lacks a good storyline. tries very very hard to be a funny movie. one word to describe it... bad.

Jerry Rodriguez
Jerry Rodriguez
½

This is PG13 and really SHOULD be for 13+ year olds. Pretty awkward watching it with an 11 year old. However, it was MUCH funnier than I had expected, and star studded.

Lisa Whelpley
Lisa Whelpley

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