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Terri (2011)

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The story of a bullied fifteen-year-old boy in a small town as he struggles to adjust to his difficult life.

Director:

Azazel Jacobs

Writers:

Patrick DeWitt (as Patrick Dewitt), Patrick DeWitt (story by) (as Patrick Dewitt) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Wysocki ... Terri
John C. Reilly ... Mr. Fitzgerald
Bridger Zadina ... Chad Markson
Creed Bratton ... Uncle James
Olivia Crocicchia ... Heather Miles
Tim Heidecker ... Mr. Flemisch
Justin Prentice ... Dirty Jack
Mary Anne McGarry ... Mrs. Hamish
Curtiss Frisle Curtiss Frisle ... Sex Ed
Tara Karsian ... Mrs. Davidson
Diane Salinger ... Mrs. Vick (as Diane Louise Salinger)
Lisa Hoover ... Waitress
Jenna Gavigan ... Samantha Goode
Jessica D. Stone ... Rachel #1 (as Jessica Stone)
Jamie Lee Redmon ... Rachel #2
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Storyline

The story of a bullied fifteen-year-old boy in a small town as he struggles to adjust to his difficult life.

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Taglines:

We've all been there.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug and alcohol use - all involving teens | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Terri, o atairiastos See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,103, 3 July 2011

Gross USA:

$655,802

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$655,802
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Mr. Fitzgerald: I knew this kid growing up who tied flaming tennis balls to cats' tails and loved every minute of it. I think he's a cop now.
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Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.1 (2011) See more »

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Akiko's Canvas
Written by Creed Bratton
Performed by Creed Bratton
Courtesy of Kindred Music / BMI
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Two Strong Performances, Everything Else is Dull
15 November 2011 | by bdgill12See all my reviews

Terri (Jacob Wysocki) has been dealt a rough hand. A heavy-set teenager with more than a touch of social anxiety, Terri finds school to be a hellhole where he goes unnoticed (when he's lucky). His home life is not much better. He doesn't know where either of his parents are and he lives with his uncle (Creed Batton) who is slipping further and further into dementia. When he gets in trouble for firing back at one of his many mockers, the school's principal, Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly), sees a kid who desperately needs a friend. He sets up weekly meetings with Terri and attempts to take the boy under his wing. But the many years of loneliness have taken a toll on Terri and despite the influence of Mr. Fitzgerald, transitioning into a fully functioning member of high school society proves more difficult than originally thought.

There is serious promise to be found within Terri. Up-and-coming director Azazel Jacobs has a firm handle on his subject matter and he works hard to show Terri for the good hearted boy that he is. It is a very simple and understated film (more on this in a minute) as Jacobs lets his protagonist move at his own pace. You can see why so many respected critics have identified Jacobs as a name to watch in the future. Wysocki himself gives an honest performance and displays solid chops for a kid who has almost no acting experience. He makes it easy to identify with Terri and that brings about a sense of natural empathy that is essential to the film's success. Likewise, Reilly is a perfect choice for the would-be-cool principal who tries extremely hard to be relevant and accessible to his students but can't quite make it work. The relationship between Terri and Fitzgerald is poignant and heartfelt and without question their shared scenes are the best of the film.

When Terri diverts from its main storyline, however, it tends to bog down. What starts out as sympathy for Terri eventually turns into near depression as his narrative struggles to find an upswing. His interactions with his friends Chad (Bridger Zadina) and Heather (Olivia Crocicchia) are tenuous and never fully realize the potential they have together resulting in a choppy feel that I never could quite shake. Jacobs adds very little in the way of production value, too, and while I can appreciate that sort of simplicity, in this case a pronounced soundtrack and the like would have added to the experience. I found myself growing bored with Terri and had a hard time staying invested when Terri and Fitzgerald weren't on screen together. That's a real shame because I really wanted to care about Terri's relationships with Chad, Heather, and his uncle but Jacobs story didn't quite give me enough reason to get there. With a little more focus, Terri would be a touching and possibly even uplifting coming-of-age vision based around the Terri-Fitzgerald dynamic. Instead, it becomes too dull and convoluted for my tastes and limited my ability to stay connected.

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