Monday, November 21, 2011

Terri - DVD Review


Starring Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Bridger Zadina, Creed Bratton and Olivia Crocicchia.
Directed by Azazel Jacobs.

This tiny slice-of-life high-school com-dram has its own small rewards. First is Jacob Wysocki's unique protagonist Terri, who feels much more real than any Glee-k. It conveys nicely the general depressing teen routine of the outcast, with glimpses of hope and insight.

Terri is an overweight student who has to deal with a demented uncle at home and typical bullies at school. He develops a friendship with a cute girl after she's ostracized by her crowd, and he also has an enthusiastic guidance counselor/principal (John C. Reilly) who wants to be down and connect with the kids. It's not done in a condesecnding way; it's done in a believably unhip way.

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