Have you ever felt like you didn't belong in high school? Or no one really understood where you were coming from? You are not alone - you have Terri!
Terri is an overweight, suffering, weird, loner who seems to want to spend time with himself - all the time. He has some problems at home, namely an uncle suffering from an early form of dementia, and he is constantly teased and ridiculed at school. I mean, the kid wears matching pajamas everyday - he's kind of asking for it. But that's not the point!
Terri provides a kind of existential look at the outcasts and what it means to be an outcast in a world where people crave popularity and acceptance.
The teens luck seems to start to change when the assistant principal, played with precision by John C. Reilly, takes a liking to the misfits in the school (including Terri) and tries to guide them, while at the same time becoming their friend. It is through unpopularity that Terri forms special bonds with the people who try to understand him.
He also befriends a newly appointed outcast, a young (once popular) girl who is caught doing something - let's just say inappropriate - under the table with her boyfriend in class. Terri comes to her rescue with the assistant principal and insists that she wasn't a completely willing participate. He soon realizes the popularity is fleeting and it can come and go at any time.
Terri also befriends a chatty, kind of strange kid named Chad who pulls out his own hair to the point where he's balding. This kid, played by Bridger Zadina, is a ray of light in the otherwise drab and weary personalities of the other character.
The film isn't meant to be any kind of political commentary on bullying, although there is plenty of that in this film, and it's not meant to make you feel sorry for Terri. This is simply his world and we get to glance into it for a couple of hours.
Terri isn't really lovable, he's not really particularly friendly, and you don't really find yourself rooting for him. He isn't the underdog who "succeeds in life despite the odds" either. But that's what makes this film so unique - the things it's not.
True to any indie film, director Azazel Jacobs, lets the characters and stories speak for themselves. The film appears to be a random successions of events, but that's really all we need to understand this troubled teen and how he goes about surviving in his world.