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Kenneth Turan's film pick of the week: 'Terri'

July 7, 2011 |  8:35 am


Films about disaffected teenagers having trouble in high school are hardly a rarity in today's movie landscape, but one done with the empathy, sensitivity and skill of Azazel Jacobs' "Terri" is another matter entirely.

A gently melancholy film about loneliness and hope revolving around a way overweight high school misfit who so doesn't belong he wears his pajamas to class, "Terri" doesn't observe its characters, it gets inside them.

Jacob Wysocki is just right as the kid no one cares about, and John C. Reilly is just as good as the assistant principal who takes an interest in him.

This may sound like a film you've seen before, but you haven't seen it done like this.


Movie review: 'Terri'

'Terri' star Jacob Wysocki asks, 'Why me?'

More film picks from Kenneth Turan

-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic

Photo: Jacob Wysocki, left, and John C. Reilly in "Terri." Credit: ATO Pictures

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