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A young misfit learns a valuable life lesson from the last person he ever thought possible in this sensitive coming of age tale from director Azazel Jacobs (The Goodtimeskid, Momma's Man). After losing his parents at a young age, overweight Terri (Jacob Wysocki) was sent to live with his uncle. Life has never been easy for the embattled young boy, and as his uncle's health begins to deteriorate, Terri becomes the target of relentless teasing by his cruel classmates. When Terri's apathetic teachers fail to offer him any guidance, his intimidating vice principal, Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly), recognizes a student in need, and reaches out to him. Through that unlikely friendship, Terri discovers that outcasts needn't endure life alone, and that by banding together, they can accomplish great things.
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Critics Consensus: Embodied with compelling sensitivity by newcomer Jacob Wysocki and supported by a wonderful John C. Reilly, Terri is an emotionally powerful character study.
Jacobs has a knack for hanging back and allowing movies to grow on you. It gathers power as it goe...
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Common Sense Says
Underdog teen drama has strong sexual content, drinking.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this indie coming-of-age drama about an obese 15-year-old boy is sometimes disturbing, it's ultimately thought provoking and good-hearted. That said, there's plenty of strong stuff here, particularly a scene in which a teen boy sexually touches a teen girl under a desk in class after bullying her into the situation. No details are shown, but the act is unmistakable. There's also a scene in which three teens take prescription pills and drink whiskey. Language is infrequent but strong, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "t-ts," and "p---y." And animal lovers should beware: There are several dead mice on view, plus a shot of a bird eating one of them. For older teens who can handle this intense content, the movie offers a worthwhile message: The main character manages to find friends on his own terms, without having to force himself to fit in -- a powerful example for teens who don't feel part of the mainstream themselves.
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- Release Date:July 1, 2011
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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