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Interview: John C. Reilly Talks The Hardships Of Being A Guidance Counselor In 'Terri'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 30, 2011 5:29 AM
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High school is painfully dull, incredibly awkward, and definitely not what teen-comedies make them out to be. Sure there are parties and sex, but as far as the day-to-day routine goes, it's less like "American Pie" and more in tune with the "Elephant" (well, at least the film's first two thirds…) Maybe some of us have fond memories of those later teen years, but honestly, Judd Apatow hit the nail on the head with this quote: “College is the reward for surviving high school. Most people have great fun stories from college and nightmare stories from high school.”

L.A. Film Fest: ‘Terri' A Genuine Slice Of The Awkward Life

  • By Leah Zak
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  • June 27, 2011 2:38 AM
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Also We Have Some Red Carpet Yuks Care Of The CastWe won’t write out a full review of "Terri" as, well, we already have (twice), though honestly, this writer liked it quite a bit more than some of our fellow Playlisters -- particularly Jacob Wysocki as the titular high school student, who brings to the character a roundness and enthusiasm that is unexpected.
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IFFBoston Review: 'Terri' Follows An Odd Budding Bromance

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • May 4, 2011 1:59 AM
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Azazel Jacobs has built a career on slow-moving portraits of everyday life. He first came to the indie scene’s attention with “Momma’s Man,” a film that wowed Sundance audiences in 2008. This year he’s back with a much more refined film called “Terri,” about an overweight, teenage outcast who finds friendship with the school principal.

Watch: Trailer For Indie Flick 'Terri' Starring John C. Reilly

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 7:52 AM
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With Sundance now in everyone's rearview, it means films from the fest are going to start trickling into theaters in releases both big and small, so don't feel too bummed if you didn't make it up to Park City this year. There will be plenty of opportunities to catch up.
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SXSW Review: ‘Terri’ Is Another Enjoyable But Slight Coming-Of-Age Indie

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 12, 2011 9:59 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from Sundance.

Sundance ‘11 Review: ‘Terri’ Is Another Enjoyable But Slight Coming-Of-Age Indie

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 2, 2011 3:50 AM
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Coming of age stories are as popular at Sundance as superhero films are at the multiplex, and though “Terri” doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, it does have its charms. Terri (newcomer Jacob Wysocki) is an outsider, a lonely overweight teen who lives in a small town and takes care of his Uncle James (Creed Bratton from “The Office”) who is suffering from some form of dementia. After Uncle James orders him to put mousetraps in the attic, he develops an unexpected fondness for killing mice and it becomes his daily joy. Outside of this private pleasure, Terri has completely given up on himself, resorting to wearing his pajamas to school because they’re comfortable. Anyone in high school willing to put a target like that on their back implies that things probably can’t get any worse. After an outburst in class, following some routine bullying, he’s sent to see the Vice Principal, Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly) who decides in order to help Terri that they should meet weekly to discuss what’s going on in his life.

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