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Embodied with compelling sensitivity by newcomer Jacob Wysocki and supported by a wonderful John C. Reilly, Terri is an emotionally powerful character study.



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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

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John C. Reilly
as Mr. Fitzgerald
Bridger Zadina
as Chad Markson
Creed Bratton
as Uncle James
Olivia Crocicchia
as Heather Miles
Tim Heidecker
as Mr. Flemisch
Justin Prentice
as Dirty Jack
Tara Karsian
as Mrs. Davidson
Diane Salinger
as Mrs. Vick
Lisa Hoover
as Waitress
Jenna Gavigan
as Samantha Goode
Eddie Pepitone
as Joe Hollywood
Josh Perry
as Marcus Bloom
Nelson Mashita
as Custodian
Jeffrey Noah Silcock
as Donny Washburn
Nathan Sanchez
as Teenager #1
Francisco Pedrasa
as Teenager #2
Logan Holladay
as Student on Rope
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Critic Reviews for Terri

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (35)

  • 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.

    Oct 7, 2011 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    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.

    Aug 19, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Its charms feel somewhat calculated, but this reflective tale of outsider solitude has enough humor and poignancy to win admirers.

    Aug 19, 2011 | Full Review…
  • A sweet and subtle comedy about the awkwardness of adolescence.

    Aug 19, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Terri may be strange, but it's a good, heartfelt strange that resonates long after the film ends.

    Aug 5, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • [An] emotionally acute indie comedy by Azazel Jacobs.

    Aug 5, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Terri

  • Apr 04, 2014
    Cute movie with likeable Jonah Hill clone, Jacob Wysocki, about an awkward, overweight non-conformist and his relationship with his understanding principal and chief advocate (John C. Reilly), his interactions with his dysfunctional friends and family, and his dysfunctional interface with the straight world at large. Terri is more of a darkly comic, bittersweet ballad than a film with a decisive progression from Point A to Point B; nothing is resolved, and Terri neither receives particularly sound advice, nor gains any meaningful epiphanies into how to make life easier for himself. Despite this, we do get the impression by the movie's end that Terri has at least stepped onto the long path to self-actualization. The film takes a cue from A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969), repeating that story's poignant message that the world isn't going to come to an end just because you fail to meet mainstream society's expectations, and that it's OK to be who you are.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2012
    What a delight... "Terri" was a real small masterpiece with its misdirected unpredictability! Director Azazel Jacobs portraits adolescence flawlessly managing to capture the cruelty and the sweetness of it, delivering very realistic and entirely absorbing drama. The story of a young man, actually a misfit, who is orphaned to an uncle who is fading away, mercilessly teased by his peers and roundly ignored by his teacher, is warm and different. Terri is alienated and alone but finds an unusual friend in a dreaded vice-principal who sees something of himself in Terri, establishing a friendship which opens possibility that life is something to be shared, and even enjoyed... I was mesmerized by the understated performance of John C. Reilly and equally surprised by the star-making potential of the lead Jacob Wysocki... it was a real pleasure enjoying the chemistry of those actors used in best possible way! This extremely fresh, funny and perky movie will take you on a bittersweet journey which you'll have to enjoy...
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2012
    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 W Super Reviewer

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