Movie review: Terri

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We left the house at 6:45 AM Mountain Time and made our way to the Egyptian Theater to wait in line for wait list tickets for the movie Terri. The five of us were part of a small group who were able to get access to the movie. So after waiting in a cold, random alley beside the theater for a few hours, we made it in! We chatted with a man in line with us, who just happened to have interviewed for a job position at Elon in the past. He was friendly and helpful and we snagged a business card from him too. We hope to meet up with him later this week.

The film opened with some depressing scenes of an obese high school boy, Terri, shown living with an older relative that he took care of.  Overtime, you see this boy develop as someone who doesn’t care about school because he’s occupied with his older relative.  The assistant principal played by John C. Reilly sees Terri as a good hearted kid and wants to help him become a better person and student.  John C. Reilly brought humor to the film and the audience loved his character.  Reilly reveals that he has problems of his own and that helps him build a connection with Terri.

Towards the end of the film, we caught sight of the cast behind us in the back of the theater. That was a really exciting moment. We also stayed afterwards to listen to the Q&A session, which was really interesting.

-Gabriela Szewcow and Will Anderson

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About The Spirit of Sundance

A group of Elon University students experiencing the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
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