Terri — opening film of Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2012

Film Review

Film title
Azazel Jacobs
Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Bridger Zadina
Release date
9 Feb

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Terri opened the Glasgow Youth Film Festival Feb 9

GFF 2012: Terri

3/5 stars
Film review by Chris Buckle.
Published 15 February 2012

Like its eponymous protagonist, Terri sits awkwardly outside mainstream expectations, but is all the more appealing for it. The film opens with fifteen year old Terri (Jacob Wysocki) squeezed into a bathtub, his hefty frame barely contained. He doesn’t quite fit in at high school either: ostracised by the cool kids and roped into weekly progress meetings with the vice principal, Terri’s lot is not a happy one.

Terri’s tone and set-up may initially feel tediously familiar – misfit-populated indie dramedies are ten a penny – but director Azazel Jacobs mostly eschews cliché, with unexpectedly poignant results. Wysocki is excellent in his first starring role, though he’s inevitably overshadowed by a top-form John C. Reilly as high-fiving VP and confidant ‘Fitzy’, who not only gets the funniest lines, but the most sincere ones. “Life’s a mess dude,” he assures a despondent Terri, “but we’re all just doing the best we can,” – a simple but honest message, for a simple but honest film. [Chris Buckle]