It's not a bad film film, but the gaps and the low momentum ended up yielding little.
Despite all the moments where the film overplays its hand, all the motifs and themes that aren't carried through, all the times the plot stretches credulity, there are moments of recognizable, devastating honesty that make the whole thing worth it.
Too cute for its own sake but has some nice moments - I think of all of them belong to Reilly, who I've come to like more than I would've expected. He's just wonderful.
Not bad, but far from great. A fairly weak script, decent performances, and a meandering and overlong climax make for a pretty disappointing experience overall.
Don't listen to teh haterz: this is a really strong film. Thankfully, it's much closer in tone and spirit to Adventureland and The Ice Storm than "authentic" high school flicks like Easy A or Juno (and I kinda liked Juno truth be told).
I found this film rather flat, boring and a pointless waste of time. There weren't any qualities that made me entertained or got me to think. By the end of the film, I had no idea of what the film was trying to achieve and say.
risya i think the writer does an excellent job encapsulating what this film is about (without telegraphing it) in the climax, when the girl explains why she allowed herself to be fingered in class. she says it feels good to be wanted. then she wonders if the boys think that is stupid. they don't think it's stupid. SO TO RE-CAP it's about the desire to be genuinely wanted, although it's about other things too.
Agreed with Cloak. I think the main goal of the film is to showcase real human want. She necessarily didn't want to be sexual violated in class, but she was won by the fact that someone genuinely wanted her. I also think that's Terri's motivation with his principal as well. He has someone who genuinely wants to talk to him. I didn't find this perfect, but I found this strong in the areas of character development and its desire to let its characters take their time to be developed. Still, it lacked in the areas of dialog. I felt that some parts of the film had too much dead air and there were too many awkward pauses.
another Terri-ble example of the so-called contemporary American indie sensibility - watch it in conjunction with Tiny Furniture to fully realize that, yes, the so-called contemporary American indie sensibility is as barren as a salt mine. I think only Gus Van Sant's Restless did worse in recent times
An example of a dramedy that emphasizes patience and subtlety in both the laughs and tugs at the heart strings. While some of the comedy may seem at the expense of some of the characters, it only comes from a place of empathy.
Lovely little film about letting go of vanity made with very little vanity. Only certain stretches of the score and a few obvious dialog moments hold me back from a full five. It's like a petty example of a 4/5 or a 7/10 maybe. I want to watch it with my sister.
I found myself very disappointed with Terri. While it definitely had a few powerful visuals, I found myself disconnected from the characters and thus unaffected by the story. It fails at finding the balance between comedy and drama. That being said, there are definitely enchanting elements and moments. Check out the rest of my review here: http://tinyurl.com/3vmk76y