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Writers (WGA):
T. Sean Shannon (written by) &
Greg Fields (written by)
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Plot:
A teenager with an early onset of male-pattern baldness befriends his high school's janitor. | Full synopsis »
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For a Direct-To-Video Comedy, It's Not Bad & Quite Funny See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Cromer

Spencer Breslin ... Harold Clemens

Nikki Blonsky ... Rhonda Baxter

Ally Sheedy ... Maureen Clemens

Chris Parnell ... Coach Vanderpool

Stella Maeve ... Shelly Clemens

Suzanne Shepherd ... Maude Sellers

Rachel Dratch ... Ms. Norris

Fred Willard ... Dr. Pratt

Colin Quinn ... Reedy

Robert Gorrie ... Patrick (as Robert Gorie)
Daniel Farcher ... Brad (as Dan 'Dietz' Farcher)

Elizabeth Gillies ... Evelyn Taylor

Nicola Peltz ... Becki
Julian Mazzola ... The Kid

Angel Sing ... Chang
Lou Wagner ... Principal Nelson
Jim Downy ... Mr. Pinchot

Christina Jackson ... Traci

Kate Hodge ... Dusty
William Wiggins ... Vince
Jake Sokoloff ... Byron

Alan Aisenberg ... Malcolm

Samantha Futerman ... Katy

Edward Gelbinovich ... Derek

Derek Nelson ... Mason
Newman Sakhi ... Jugdish
Evan Daves ... Dennis
Michelle Fields ... Michelle
Lorraine Mazzola ... Ms. Colage

Judy Nazemetz ... Nurse

Jillian Wiegand ... Beautiful Waitress

Meredith Anne Bull ... Belinda

Nicky Katt ... Police officer #1

Lathan McKay ... Officer Shannon (as Kid Millions)
Pat Shannon ... Rhonda's Dad

Sarge ... Alibi Club DJ

Wass Stevens ... Prisoner

Dave Attell ... Barker
Judith Knight Young ... Lunch Lady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlene Biton ... Dancer
Joey Blonsky ... Malcolm

Chris T. Margaritis ... Prisoner (as Chris Margaritis)
Lian Moy ... Student

Erika Othen ... Bartender (as Erika Jay)
Tom Rhodes ... Car Salesman
Bob Sands ... Slinky
John Shannon ... Sheriff
Kitty Shannon ... Pregnant Lady

Dylan Snyder ... Dylan
Natalie Tamburello ... Natalie
Paul Thornton ... Mr. Kahane

Kristin Wallace ... Trish
Gustavo Cunha ... Student (uncredited)
Denis McKeown ... Pastor (uncredited)

Directed by
T. Sean Shannon 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
T. Sean Shannon (written by) &
Greg Fields (written by)

Produced by
Joel Blanco .... line producer
Donald Brodsky .... co-executive producer
Michael Califra .... co-executive producer
David Daks .... co-executive producer
Danny Fisher .... executive producer
Cuba Gooding Jr. .... producer
Morris S. Levy .... producer
Jeff Mazzola .... co-producer
Gregory Segal .... co-executive producer
William Sherak .... producer
Jason Shuman .... producer
Maxwell Sinovoi .... executive producer
Sam Zietz .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Christopher LaVasseur 
 
Film Editing by
Harp Pekin (co-editor)
Colleen Sharp 
 
Casting by
Adrienne Stern 
 
Production Design by
Jory Adam 
 
Set Decoration by
Alison Scowby 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Margaret O'Neill 
 
Makeup Department
Amanda Korfine .... makeup artist
Christy McCabe .... key hair stylist
Cynthia O'Rourke .... makeup artist
Joelle Troisi .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Joel Blanco .... unit production manager
Jeff Mazzola .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carroll .... first assistant director
Ginger Gonzalez .... second second assistant director
Jason Messeri .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Pete Dancy .... property master
John El Manahi .... leadman
John El Manahi .... scenic charge artist
Paul Collins Johnson .... art department production assistant
Andy Kugler .... on-set dresser
Tricia Peck .... set dresser
Maia Rose .... set dresser foreman
Nicole Teeny .... art production assistant
 
Sound Department
Eli Cohn .... foley supervisor
Rob Daly .... sound effects editor
Mark Garcia .... supervising sound editor
Mike Guarino .... sound mixer
Eric Offin .... sound re-recording mixer
Guillermo Pena-Tapia .... boom operator
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Micky Sierra .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Tim Buchanan .... stunt double
Chris Colombo .... stunt double
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Donald John Hewitt .... stunt driver
John Patrick McLaughlin .... stunts
Kimberly Shannon Murphy .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Abraham Altbuch .... best boy grip
John Anctil .... electrician
Freddy Cintron .... electrician
Freddy Cintron .... grip
David Dutkus .... electrician
Josh Fisher .... second assistant camera
Bart Grieb .... electrician
Michael Kenney .... first assistant camera
Jarrod Kloiber .... electrician
Jarrod Kloiber .... rigging best boy electric
Dan Kowalski .... grip
Bryan Landes .... additional electrician
Nick Maczka .... grip
Branden James Maxham .... swing (as Brandon James Maxham)
Sebastien Nicolet .... electrician
Megan Nole .... first assistant camera
Megan Nole .... second assistant camera
Roberto A. Quezada .... best boy electric
Dave Ranghelli .... key grip
Meg Schrock .... electrician
Marshall Stief .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Richard P. Ulivella .... camera operator: "b" camera
Richard P. Ulivella .... director of photography: second unit
Richard P. Ulivella .... gaffer
Michael Yetter .... rigging gaffer
 
Casting Department
Tammy Porto .... casting associate
Leah Pracher .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephanie Farah .... wardrobe supervisor
Hannah Quinn .... wardrobe assistant
Naomi Wolff .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Steve Beganyi .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Haji A. .... music supervisor
Monique Cole .... music supervisor
Brady Harris .... composer: theme music
Don Poole .... music producer
 
Other crew
Stephanie Angel .... script supervisor
Christine Cherrone .... assistant: Mr Levy
Matt Cohen .... pre-production assistant
James Conaboy .... set production assistant
Tristan Cowen .... unit production assistant
Lisa Falzarano .... production assistant
Frank Fattori .... assistant: Danny Fisher
Eric Fisher .... production associate
Kathryn Floro .... assistant to producers
Anya Garrett .... production coordinator
Laurie Gershon .... product placement and clearances
Maxwell Lee Haddad .... production assistant
Sophie Holland .... production assistant
Kevin A. Howard .... production assistant (as Kevin Howard)
Nadine Jolson .... publicist
Kimberly Lisner .... production assistant
Morgan Miller .... assistant production coordinator
Joseph Montalbano .... production assistant
Greg Morrison .... assistant location manager
Adam Newman .... assistant production coordinator
Rory O'Sullivan .... production assistant
Justin Rosini .... location manager
Kat Scicluna .... stand-in (as Kat Murello)
Sara Seligman .... production assistant
Tom Sexton .... assistant location manager
Robert Tierney .... production assistant
Amy Williams .... talent assistant
 
Thanks
Benjamin P. Lieberman .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and teen drinking
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USA:90 min
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[at Harold's 14th birthday party]
Shelly Clemens:Thanks for ruining my day. I had to stay home, because you only had one friend to celebrate your birthday. Oh, wait. I almost forgot your present.
[pretends to take one out of her pocket, but flips the bird at him]
Harold Clemens:You got me that same thing last year.
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
For a Direct-To-Video Comedy, It's Not Bad & Quite Funny, 6 December 2009
Author: D_Burke from United States

I frequently am amazed at the amount of unknown movies I see in video stores. I'm a big movie buff, too (this is my 96th review on this site in 4 years). At a Blockbuster, for instance, I can be guaranteed that in the New Release section, 60% of the movies are direct to video, and most of them are probably crap. That is especially true for comedies, particularly the blatant ripoffs of "Van Wilder" or other frat house flicks.

"Harold" fell into that category. I picked it up, though, because it had a bunch of famous people in it. It had Ally Sheedy, the adorable Nikki Blonsky (after "Hairspray"), a number of SNL alum (Rachel Dratch, Chris Parnell, and longtime writer James Downey), and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Now honestly, considering Gooding has starred in some bad, bad comedies since winning his Oscar ("Boat Trip", "Daddy Day Camp"), his role alone didn't give me high hopes for this movie.

Fortunately, the movie was better than I thought it would be. Granted it has a predictable plot line, and has actors who are high school age or older playing junior high kids. Still, there were parts of this movie that were refreshingly funny, and Gooding was probably the best thing about this film.

The film centers around Harold (Spencer Breslin), a 13 year old who is prematurely bald simply because male pattern baldness runs in his family. Because his hairline has completely receded, and what little hair he has is thinning on top, he looks far older than he actually is. Somehow he also acts like an old man for reasons the movie doesn't bother to explain. Harold is comfortable in his own skin at first, and likes his life in his small hometown.

His single mother (Sheedy) then gets a job promotion which requires him and his superficial sister Shelly (Stella Maeve, who is actually quite good in her role) to move to a more urbanized community. While Shelly fits right in at her new high school, Harold gets bullied by other boys and victimized by his gym teacher at his new junior high. Being prematurely bald doesn't help matters.

In typical junior high movie fashion, Harold develops a crush on a Lindsay Lohan lookalike Evelyn (Elizabeth Gillies), falls in with a group of misfits which includes Blonsky, and the misfit girl (Blonsky) develops a crush on Harold that he naturally takes no notice of. This subplot of the film is definitely cliché, but fortunately, thanks to the clever writing of former SNL writer T. Sean Shannon, it avoids banal plot points that other junior high angst films fail to do. For one, the Evelyn girl isn't mean to Harold, or in general. Plus, Harold's crush on her is realistically misguided.

Unfortunately, the rest of the storyline lacks originality. As soon as you hear about the drag race that coming Sunday, you know there will be a climactic showdown. The second Harold goes to gym class, you know the gym teacher is going to be mean to him. And so on. In fact, this film bears a striking resemblance to another direct-to-video movie about a junior high misfit: "Lloyd" (2001). I could cry plagiarism on this one, but "Lloyd" was even more cliché and didn't even reach the level of clever writing this film did.

Amazingly, Cuba Gooding, Jr. contributes greatly in saving this film from being as predictable and forgettable. Gooding plays Cromer, the school custodian who Harold befriends and later counts on when he is in bad situations. Gooding has some laugh-out-loud hilarious lines, and he is truly genuine in every scene he's in.

Perhaps the most confusing character in this film is Harold himself. Breslin plays him as someone who not only looks and acts old, but who (I guess) wants to be old, judging from his reading the newspaper and religiously watching "Murder, She Wrote". It didn't say why, though, or how he was ever comfortable with having patchy hair. I currently have all of my hair, but I still think that if I ever lose it up top, the rest of the hair is going. It would have been cool if Harold had decided to actually shave his whole head and make that his style, but it doesn't occur to him to do that. Just as Blonsky let her hair down in "Hairspray", I really wanted Breslin to shave his whole head and really give the hackneyed climax scene the boost it needed. Ah, missed opportunity.

Speaking of Blonsky, I also wish her character was more developed. Blonsky was adorable and fun in the "Hairspray" musical, and she's equally as magnetic in this movie. However, it was clear that her character was written so passively as to be a hackneyed teen movie character. Her character should have had some more clever lines, instead of just being the non-glamorous girl with a crush on the hero. Blonsky deserves better because she's a great actress. Hopefully she'll be in other good movies soon.

Although Maeve was actually funny as Breslin's sister, Ally Sheedy wasn't given a lot to do here, either. She's just matter-of-factly a single mom here. There's a funny outtake where she's sarcastically ranting (in character, I assume) about how great she had it in junior high, a tongue-in-cheek reference to her famous misfit role in "The Breakfast Club". It would have worked well in the movie not only as a good joke, but also to give the mother a more strongly supportive role.

Overall, though, there were some very funny, laugh out loud moments in this movie, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. was perhaps the best thing in here. So far, though, there hasn't been a really funny movie about junior high that simultaneously touches on how painful those years really are. "Welcome To The Dollhouse" has come the closest so far. Still, I marginally recommend "Harold" because it is funny and enjoyable to watch.

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