Friday, July 22, 2011

"Terri" is an American satire of "youth" in the style of Truffaut

Personally, I like to see movies where young people achieve things (like “Social Network”). Instead, “Terri”, directed by Azazel Jacobs (from Art Takes Over) is a Truffaut-type satire of youth, now transported to a California suburb. It opens with Terri (Jacob Wyzocki) in a bathtub, with his declining uncle (Creed Bratton) asking him to clean the scum ring before he goes to school. He is wide, and he is soft, and not too demonstrably different from the opposite sex. He wears his pajamas to school because they're "comfortable". But he actually takes care of his failing uncle dutifully. 

Then the guidance counselor/assistant principal Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly) befriends him, and wants use him as a foil to help manage the other troubled or challenging kids.

In this film, those kids who might have been the targets of bullies (Terri calls them the "monsters", with no reference to Charlize Theron's character) gradually learn to hang out together and make a little society, leading to a bizarre climax where Heather (Olivia Crocicchia) tries to prove to Terri that there is somebody out there for everyone  -- a backup myth of the heterosexual world.  The other little friend, Chad (Bridger Zadina) manages to liven things up a bit.

The technical style of the film reminded one of “Blue Valentine”. Josh Hartnett gets thanked in the credits.

Here’s the official site link

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