- 1 hr 45 min
Harold is a 2008 coming-of-age comedy-drama directed by T. Sean Shannon. The film tells the story of a socially awkward and introverted teenager named Harold (Spencer Breslin) who is struggling to fit in at high school. He is constantly bullied by his classmates and suffers from an eating disorder. Harold's life changes when he is assigned to do a school project with Anka (Nikki Blonsky), a popular and outgoing girl. Anka takes an interest in Harold's unusual hobbies, which include taxidermy and civil war reenactments. As they work on their project together, Harold and Anka become closer and their relationship begins to blossom.
Meanwhile, Harold's father (Colin Quinn) is pressuring him to become a successful businessman like himself. But Harold wants to pursue his passion for taxidermy, which his father sees as a strange and unprofitable hobby. Harold's mother (Elizabeth Gillies) is more supportive, but she is battling her own demons as she struggles with depression and addiction.
Things take an unexpected turn when Harold meets a janitor named Cromer (Cuba Gooding Jr.) at his school. Cromer is a former janitor who is now a published author and a mentor to Harold. Cromer encourages Harold to pursue his dreams and helps him build his confidence.
Harold's newfound confidence and self-esteem are put to the test when Anka invites him to a party. At the party, Harold must navigate the social complexities of high school and deal with his own insecurities. He must also confront the bullies who have tormented him for years.
The film is a quirky and heartwarming coming-of-age story that explores the themes of self-discovery, acceptance, and the challenges of growing up. The performances by the cast are strong, especially Spencer Breslin's portrayal of Harold, which is both comical and heartfelt.
The film also features a number of humorous and quirky moments, such as Harold's obsession with taxidermy and his love for historical reenactments. The film's tone is light and humorous, but there are also moments of genuine emotional depth and drama.
Overall, Harold is a charming and entertaining film that will appeal to audiences of all ages. It is a well-crafted coming-of-age story that is both funny and meaningful, and it features strong performances from its talented cast.