Sundance First Look: TERRI, starring John C. Reilly

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
December 28th, 2010

While I'm not attending Sundance this year, it's still an exciting time for film buffs and movie lovers around the world. Sundance tends to be considered the "Mecca" for all things independent cinema. Last year, it seems as though the festival really returned to its roots with true independent films, and the lineup for 2011's films appears to continue that trend.

One such indie film, TERRI, has John C. Reilly starring in a critical role. Hit the jump for the full story and a short synopsis.

The film is directed by Azazel Jacobs, the man who gave us MOMMA'S MAN back in 2008. I haven't seen that film, but just a quick glance at the reviews have inspired me to check it out and bump it up to the top of my Netflix queue; that film racked up an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. His next film appears to be quite different, as it's got a notable star with John C. Reilly. The synopsis, which is conveniently placed below, has me intrigued to say the least. GATW has a small army invading Sundance later this year, so expect to hear our thoughts and opinions on this film when it plays at the festival this January!

Head over to the official Sundance site for a video from the filmmaker.

Official Synopsis:
Orphaned to an uncle who is ailing, mercilessly teased by his peers, and roundly ignored by his jaded teachers, Terri finds himself alienated and alone. But when the dreaded vice principal, Mr. Fitzgerald, sees a bit of himself in the boy, they establish a friendship that encourages Terri to consider the possibility that life is something to be shared, even enjoyed, not just endured.
Wonderfully enacted, perceptive, and honest, Terri perfectly captures the lonely life of an outcast. But we don’t pity or laugh at him; we relate to him. Remaining true to himself in the face of adversity, Terri becomes an unlikely hero. Filled with heart and humor, Terri is a comedy about feeling alone, and discovering there are others who feel the same way.

Source Sundance

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