By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: 'Terri' is directed by Azazel Jacobs (Momma's Man) and stars John C. Reilly.
The press notes inform us, that this indie film, was a big hit at Sundance. They also let us know that 'Terri' is a moving and often funny film about the relationship between Terri (Jacob Wysocki) an oversized teen misfit and his garrulous, well-meaning Vice Principal, Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly).
The relationship part...(Terri and the Vice Principal) - Very true...That this is a moving and often funny film...Not so true...At least in my humble opinion.
I wasn't moved and I hardly laughed. What I wanted to do was...Give Terri a couple of antidepressants, a membership to Weight Watchers and buy him a gift certificate to The Gap so he could get out of those ugly pajamas.
The filmmaker lets us know...Over and Over again...that Terri is an outcast...He's unhappy. He's a misfit....
The filmmaker also lets us know that Terri is one of the 'good guys'. Afterall, he takes care of his Uncle James (Creed Bratton) who is suffereing from demantia. Terri feeds him, tucks him into bed, and reads to him.
There is a small moment, however, when we start to wonder if Terri has the makings of a serial killer, but that thought is quickly dispelled.
Spoiler Alert: It has to do with Terri sending some mice to their death so he can watch a really big bird eat them.
Anyway...resigned to his outsider status, Terri is surprised and suspicious, when Mr. Fitzgerald takes an interest in him. Under Fitzgerald's tutelage, Terri winds up befriending a pair of fellow misfits...Chad (Bridger Zadina, an edgy, skinny, loner dude who enjoys pulling out clumps of his hair...And...
Heather (Olivia Crocicchia). Heather is very beautiful, very hot and very sexually screwed up. She's also the most interesting character in this film. Somewhere along the line, Heather has gotten the idea that she has to 'put out' in order to be accepted by her peers...her male peers.
The best scenes in the film, are the ones that take place between Heather and Teri.
There have been many great films about misfit teenagers (Charlie Bartlett, Harold & Maude, The Breakfast Club), just to name a few. Unfortunately. 'Teri' isn't one of them.
This is our 99th review and this time the 'Two Jews On Film' agree...'Terri' doesn't rate alot of bagels.