[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.
In spite of being a largely uncomfortable watch, Terri proves to be kind of endearing.
Besides, I'd watch John C. Reilly in anything.
Jacob Wysocki plays Terri wonderfully. John C. Reilly plays Mr Fitzgerald masterfully. The material is good, but not amazing. It's crafted very beautifully, however, which makes it affectionate and enjoyable. The relationship between Terri and Mr Fitzgerald is the best part of the movie - I suppose it's the subject of the movie, too. Deserving of it's praise.
This was weird and not particularly interesting in any way, but all the characters worked and the feel of it worked so it was actually pretty cool.
Very uncomfortable drinking scene. Disgusting tub. Chad has a few funny moments.
This film is depressing and charming at the same time. In the beginning this films seems very basic like a lot of adolescent coming of age movies, but it goes beyond that. It takes a realist approach to this world. "Terri" portrays a world filled with fuck-ups, loners, and assholes, and it all seems so real. Because it is. If you went to public school, or if you didn't, all these characters are legitimately real. We all know a Terri, we all know a Fitzgerald, we all know a Chad, a Heather, a Dirty Zach. You get the point.
Basically the premise is that Terri is a lonely, bullied fat kid, that takes care of his sick uncle (who appropriately…
I admit that I was like Terri in high school and in middle school, except for the pajamas, the missing parents, and the obsession with dead animals. I had experienced some of the bullying that he got, which was why I sympathized so much with this character. Jacob Wysocki gives a great breakthrough performance as the title character Terri, who for the most part, seems to be a loner. He has no friends, no parents to speak of, and an uncle (Creed Bratton) with Alzheimer's he has to take care of. One day, he is asked to go the principal's office because of his constant tardiness. There he meets the eccentric principal Mr. Fitzgerald, played by the excellent John C.…
it's a shangri-la
"There are two groups of kids that stand out in this school - the good hearted ones and the bad hearted ones - and those are the ones whose names I remember."
"Good hearts my ass."
Super sweet and simple, really the definition of a little gem of a movie. The second you see Terri all you can think is "poor kid" and for a moment I thought the movie was going to bring back bad memories in the worst way, but it really rides a fine line between sadness and hope pretty well. The last act (pretty much just one scene) goes on a little too long and gets a little too weird but it's still a movie I think I'll remember warmly. I should probably check out the writer/director's followup Doll & Em because I've heard of a lot of good things about it even before seeing this.
A warm hearted, if a little quirky, film with some charming performances from the kids. John C. Reilly's character is a bit too 'arch' though.
Complete list. :-(
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