John C. Reilly tones down his usual antics to take on the quirky new film "Terri," a comedy about an obese, picked on teenager and the unlikely friendship he develops with his high school principal.
Reilly, starring as the principal, is an unenthusiastic administrator beset by marriage problems; Jacob Wysocki is a beleaguered, overweight student with problems at home and nonexistent self-esteem. Sent to the office by a teacher concerned about his tardiness and frequent wearing of pajamas, the two confide in one another and maybe even learn something.
The setup is familiar -- think "Rushmore," or, even closer, the forgotten 90's teen film "Angus" -- but it drew raves at Sundance and the first trailer looks promising. As the issue of bullying rises to the front of the minds of parents, students and educators, an honest look at the suffering it causes could make the film a surprise hit.WATCH: