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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.

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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
Rachel Dratch
as Ms. Norris
Lou Wagner
as Principal Wagner
Elizabeth Gillies
as Evelyn Taylor
Fred Willard
as Dr. Pratt
Nicky Katt
as Police Officer No.1
Nohman Sakhi
as Jugdish
Evan Daves
as Dennis
Jim Downy
as Mr. Pinchot
Jill Weigand
as Waitress
Pat Shannon
as Rhonda's Dad
Sarge Pickman
as Alibi Club DJ
Wass Stevens
as Prisoner
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.

July 22, 2008 | Full Review…

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

July 11, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

July 11, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

July 11, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

July 10, 2008 | Full Review…

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

October 1, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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