Alexandra Weiss
Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 27, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Terri

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
87 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/01/11
performer
John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki
director
Azazel Jacobs
distributor
ATO Pictures
author
Azazel Jacobs, Patrick Dewitt
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B

The title boy (newcomer Jacob Wysocki) is a piquant variation on that reliable indie character, the teen misfit: Terri is a big, fat, suffering, lethargic loner. John C. Reilly plays the high school assistant principal who adopts Terri (and other outcasts like him) as a kind of afterschool project. The movie (directed by Momma’s Man‘s Azazel Jacobs) builds to riveting, contained drama involving Terri and two fellow pariahs. But the slow, shambling road to the emotional payoff is dubiously, arbitrarily quirk-filled. (That said, the obese antihero is sure to find ardent younger fans.) B

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