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Harold

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Directed by T. Sean Shannon
Produced by Danny Fisher
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Morris S. Levy
Written by Greg Fields
T. Sean Shannon
Starring Spencer Breslin
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Nikki Blonsky
Ally Sheedy
Cinematography Christopher LaVasseur
Editing by Adrienne Stern
Distributed by City Lights Pictures
Release date(s) July 11, 2008
Running time 105 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $10,000,000

Harold is a 2008 comedy film, co-written by Greg Fields and T. Sean Shannon, starring Spencer Breslin, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nikki Blonsky, Ally Sheedy and Stella Maeve. The film is T. Sean Shannon's first full-length feature and is partially adapted from his earlier short film, which itself was adapted from one of his Saturday Night Live skits.[1]

Harold was filmed in August 2007 in and around Great Neck, Long Island, NY which is also the hometown of Nikki Blonsky and Morris S. Levy [2], and had a limited release on July 11, 2008 in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. The film is rated PG-13 by the MPAA and by the television content rating system in the United States.[3]

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Plot

The movie starts with Harold Reynolds (Spencer Breslin) a 13 yr old boy who has early baldness. Harold seems to cope alright in his hometown, Douglasburg, until his mom announces that they are moving to a new house in a new town. Harold panics because he had somewhat fit in with everyone at his old school, despite his baldness. When he arrives in his new house, he is met by an elderly new neighbor (Suzanne Shephard) who assumes Harold is older because of his baldness, and starts flirting with him. Harold starts at his new school, and because he initially wore a hat into class, he was seemingly accepted, especially by a girl named Evelyn (Elizabeth Gillies), who he briefly flirts with. When the teacher Ms Vicki Norris (Rachel Dratch) notices him wearing a hat, he is forced to take it off, thus revealing that he is bald. Instantly he is ostracized by the other students, including Evelyn. Meanwhile, Harold's older sister, Shelley, has started High School in the new town as an immensely popular and flirty cheerleader. She meets a guy named Patrick (Robert Gorry) and they quickly start dating, which leads to an amusing anecdote involving Patrick assuming that Harold is Shelley's father. To "even things out," Patrick asks Harold to buy some beer for him and his mates, which works multiple times. Meanwhile, back at school, Harold is being bullied relentlessly by a few male students, and even a few female students. In fact, One of the only people that are nice to Harold is Cromer Styles (Cuba Gooding Jr) The School Janitor, Whilst in Gym class, the bullying Rears its ugly head and the Coach (Chris Parnell), joins in on the bullying, Cromer comes to the rescue when he announces Harold is wanted in the office, However that was just a decoy to get Harold away from the bullying, Cromer and Harold watch TV in the janitors room. Harold returns home, angry and upset, and decides to leave home, to go to back his old home, where everyone loved him, However he must leave pretty late at night, so his Mom and sister wont get suspicious, He only makes it as far as a Strip Bar, and thinking because he looks older, he may pass for legal age, However as it happens, Cromer was also there, and takes Harold home. He gives Harold words of encouragement, and then drops him off at home. The next day in Gym class, Harold is asked to take his shirt off as part of the Skins and Shirts team, Harold doesn't want to because he has a big strip of hair on his back, and sure enough, everyone starts laughing at him, He goes and talks to Cromer, who both decide to pull a prank on the coach—when the coach is in the shower they put the water on freezing cold, the coach never finds out it was them though.

Harold (Spencer Breslin)

Not wanting to go back to school, Harold goes and buys a few beers for himself, whilst there Maude (the lady from next door) starts to follow Harold (still thinking he is older), When he tells her he is 14, she thinks that means the size of his manhood, however when he explains he is only 14 yrs older, she tells him to come back in a few years. Patrick and his buddies ask Harold for one more favor, to get them some beer for a party, Harold buys the beer, but is arrested by police, because he is an "adult" selling beers to minors, even when he says his age, they think he is being a smart-aleck. He is taken into jail and asked if he wants a "turkey sandwich" which is slang for male sex. He declines, and is bailed out by Cromer, who again comes to his rescue. Later that night, Patrick apologizes for what happened, and tells Harold he wants to have sex with Harolds sister, Shelley tells Harold she doesn't really want to have sex, but still likes Patrick a bit, so they get Cromer to wait outside the hotel room, Shelley goes out, and Patrick ends up having sex with Maude (The horny lady, who thought Harold was older). There is a go cart race coming up, Some of the bullies put a dent in Harold's cart, making him slow down, however Cromer sees it and fixes it up, A lady from the crowds show her breasts to the Horny bullies and this distracts them, and Harold wins the race, and ultimately the respect of the school. The movie ends with Harold holding his trophy, and the bullies apologizing for teasing him, and that they now want to be friends

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