As created by writer-director Azazel Jacobs, the coming-of-age saga Terri
concerns itself with a corpulent, lonely 15-year-old (Jacob Wysocki) who lives with his dementia-ridden uncle (Creed Bratton). Terri suffers from constant ostracization at school and seems poised for a dismal future -- his grades are plummeting, and he’s often tardy for class.
For its first 20 or 30 minutes, the picture feels downbeat and gloomy when it intends to be moving. It asks us to empathize with Terri, and while we can admire certain aspects of his character -- such as his compassion when caring for his uncle -- the boy alienates us with his mopery. He spends every scen...