John C. Reilly is one of those actors who has been able to effortlessly move between both big productions and small ones throughout his career, and both comedies and dramas as well. Although he is now seen as Will Ferrell’s partner in crime after starring in movies like Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, there was a time when he was best known for the P.T. Anderson films Boogie Nights and Magnolia. He’s still very much an indie guy, and at this year’s Sundance he appeared in two films and a short. We’ve already seen trailers for both Cedar Rapids and Fight for Your Right Revisited, but now the trailer for a movie called Terri has turned up online as well.
Directed by Azazel Jacobs (Momma’s Man), it looks to be a fairly bittersweet story about an overweight teenager (Jacob Wysocki) who is struggling through high school. Reilly plays his guidance counselor, who strikes up a friendship with him, while Creed Bratton plays his Uncle James (seems you can’t turn around without bumping into a cast member from The Office these days). The movie instantly brings back memories of the ’90s teen dramedy Angus for me, but unfortunately Terri doesn’t have The Shermanator as his loyal sidekick, nor does he have a kickass soundtrack to accompany him. Still, this looks like a pretty solid flick, and something I can see myself checking out on DVD eventually. ATO Pictures will release it in select theatres on July 1st; check out the trailer after the jump.