[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Terri, a pajama-clad, disaffected high school student learns how to engage the world with the help of Mr. Fitzgerald, his assistant principal.
Life's a mess, dude, but we're all just doing the best we can. So if I lied to you, all I can tell you is I'm sorry and I'll try to do better... I screw up all the time because that's what people do.
A great little film populated by real people that are a bit damaged and flawed. Even if you weren't an outcast like Terri (Jacob Wysocki) or Heather (Olivia Crocicchia) you can still identify with them because their characters seem so real.
If we weren't them in school, then we were friends with them, or we knew of them. Either way these are people we know. They are portrayed in such an honest and truthful…
It starts off like your average coming of age film, but it progresses into something much more. The story is told in such a sincere and true way that a lot of it ends up being more true than most coming of age films. You can easily look at these characters and relate to them; they remind you of your own journey's in high school. I mean, whether we want to admit it or not, we've all been a Terri at least once in our lives. Not because he's a heavy set guy or he's a social outcast, but because we've all been through that awkward point in our lives as we discover things about ourselves during our teen years.…
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Entertainment Value: 72/100
Average Score: 76/100
The debate whether to give Terri 4 stars or 3.5 was a tough one. While it may be an accurate showcase of social anxiety, and the pursuit to fit in, the film never reaches any heights on an emotional level. Throughout the film, it gets increasingly harder to feel sympathetic towards the characters (much like Greenberg). Subsequently, because of this loss of connection, the film's quality is deteriorated so much more; as the films begs for you to relate with Terri. But, saying this, though the story is generic, Azazel Jacobs provides a sort of energy which keeps…
Terri really reminded me of when I was in my teens and how awkward I felt being around people. It's not just the character I identified with but the movie itself, I felt that it had a lot to say, no matter how you look at it we are all damaged by the things we've done or what's done to us. All we can really do is try to help those who are the same way. I wish I had more people like Mr.Fitzgerald in my life growing up, I felt the chemistry between John C Rielly and Jacob Wysocki was pretty tight and real. The film really hit me on an emotional level, Azazel Jacobs does a fine job bringing the story to screen. Really look forward to whatever he does next.
Not your typical teenage coming of age movie this films main strength is for me is to have characters that I have never seen or are so focused on in a movie before. The film is definitely more of a character study than an actual story as it follows teenager Terri Thompson an overweight social misfit who goes to school in Pyjamas and is basically a recluse slightly bullied but not overly so by his peers and we follow him over a 2 – 3 week period it seems as he opens up socially.
Terri is played by Jacob Wysocki a newcomer to me and he is brilliant in the role acting beyond his years giving the character a calmness…
Heartfelt dramedy filled with realistic outcast teens.
At first I wasn't liking the film that much but then the story started to get better and better. A good screenplay with a brilliant climax.
Given Jacobs's pedigree, I thought a moment of genuine delirium would have come sooner - say, mid-way through Momma's Man - but the formula gets expunged in the shed scene with Terri, Chad, and Heather, where it felt like the madness could erupt into a totally new film. It wouldn't have surprised me had Chad reappeared with a gun, but he doesn't. He simply sleeps, and leaves in bad conscience. This has to be the point of the whole movie, phrased in coined bravado by Reilly, but acute nonetheless: "there's the good hearted kids, and then there's the bad hearted kids"; Terri, Chad, and Heather all falling into the former category, despite their various infirmities, and it's Jacobs's focus on…
All the things people dislike about indie, minus all the good things people say about indie. Incredibly boring.
boooring. heather is kinda hot, though.
Alright. So. I liked the movie. I liked the performances. There are many very effective and affecting scenes. Still, it left me unsatisfied. The sequence of events never quite got around to being a story.
Is this good?
Slightly absorbing, slightly repulsive. "Terri," the story of a fat kid who is mocked not particularly bullied at school outlines all the usual teen, coming of ages notions that get bandied about in teen films.
All of that lies ahead in this story, which observes him for two or three weeks as he goes about his daily business looking after his sick uncle and dealing with his unusual friends. His house is in a wooded semi-rural area, which Terri cuts through to reach the school. He has been missing a lot of school days and is called in by Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly), the assistant principal, this would have been better played by someone like Bill Murray…
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