Gerald Wright's Movie Coverage
HAROLD MOVIE REVIEW
Directed by: T. Sean Shannon
Running time: 105 minutes
Release date: July 11, 2008
Distributor:City Lights Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13
It's difficult for a middle age man to accept the fact that he is going bald. It's even more worst for a young teenager to cope with this fact.
In this coming of age romp 13 year old Harold Clemens (Spencer Breslin) suffers from early male-pattern baldness or clinically known as androgenetic alopecia. Life in his hometown is great and everyone accepts him with his condition, although he must contend with his scatter brain single mother Maureen (Ally Sheedy) and his older 15 year old blonde bimbo sister Shelly (Stella Maeve). Maureen gets a promotion, however a transfer accompanies this success. This means Shelly and Harold must make new friends in a new neighborhood.
Writers T. Sean Shannon and Greg Fields' idea of a teenager with receding hair who is dealing with adapting to a new school is hilarious. It hard enough dealing with bullies, teachers and girls when you're the new kid. Everyone knows kids can be cruel, but to make this a comedy in brilliant. The plot is a family flick with all the elements of an adult situation comedy.
Harold finds relief in hanging out with the nerds, but he has eyes for a cute popular girl named Evelyn Taylor (Elizabeth Gillies) who is out of his league. However, Rhonda Baxter (Nikki Blonsky) an overweight classmate and nerd has eyes for Harold. This may sound complicated, but it becomes simplified when the school janitor Cromer (Cuba Gooding Jr.) takes Harold under his wing. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives a laugh out loud performance as the man who saves Harold from calamities.
The supporting cast of young actors made this movie a summer sleeper that everyone will love. Be on the lookout for a small part from Fred Willard as Dr. Pratt who is one of the funniest comedians alive.
This movie is worth the price of a ticket and more.
FILM RATING (B)