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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…
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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…
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.…
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.
It starts off following the same old coming-of-age / mentor movie formula, but Terri eventually transcends those tropes, mostly because just about every moment is so sincere and filled with such humanity and truth. This is helped along by the eye-opening performance by Jacob Wysocki (Terri), yet another actor this year who won't get nearly the amount of attention he deserves.
A long and surprisingly tense and emotional scene that serves as the climax really sums up the confusion that sometimes comes with being a teenager, and the script as a whole is filled with poignant lines that simplify the film's main themes and puts that whole 'growing up' thing into a clear perspective. Fascinating character study.
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…
A select group of social outcasts are taken under the wing of their eccentric vice principal. The result is rather a delightful story of some very quirky individuals who exhibit some rather attractive, redeeming qualities.
"Life's a mess. But we're all just doing the best that we can . . . So if I hurt you, all I can tell you is I'm sorry and I will try to do better. Maybe I will do better, or maybe I'll do even worse. I don't know. I screw up all the time. Because that's what people do".
These words from our VP guru sums it up for all of these stumbling, bumbling characters. But come to think of it, it pretty…
Jacob Wysocki gives an impressive performance as Terri, a lonely, indifferent, obese 15 year old who wears PJs to school, and who comes to the attention of his helping principal (Reilly, also terrific). The awkwardness of adolescence is painfullly captured at times. One has to wonder though if the assortment of characters surrounding Terri, and Terri himself, needed to be so weird.
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…
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.
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