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Overall Rating
3.67

Awesome: 10.87%
Worth A Look54.35%
Average: 28.26%
Pretty Bad: 4.35%
Total Crap: 2.17%

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Teen Wolf
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by brianorndorf

"Hairy McFly"
4 stars

“Teen Wolf” is an amusing movie, most confident when depicting Scott taking advantage of his wolf power, finding his life elevated by the miracle fur. Expectedly, the script attempts to ground the picture in sincerity for the final act, but it’s a development easily ignored, much like the cartoon (sans drugs and gay panic) and sequel (with Jason Bateman taking the reins as Scott’s cousin) that quickly followed. Though the producers tried, nothing quite matched this strange, slack comedy, offering a peek at a fresh-faced Michael J. Fox just before his fame understandably exploded.

Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox) is a scrawny, nervous teen dealing with a basketball squad of losers, an unobtainable blonde crush (Lorie Griffin), the demands of huckster friend Styles (Jerry Levine), and unconditional love from his lifelong pal, Boof (Susan Ursitti). When odd bodily changes start to overcome Scott, he panics, soon faced with a furry reality: He’s a werewolf, just like his kindly father (James Hampton). Blessed with special abilities as a wolf, Scott takes over the school, enjoying his newfound popularity as a lycanthrope, much to the disgust of persistent bully, Mick (Matt Arnold). Unfortunately, fame isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be, with Scott losing his identity as outside demands for the wolf increase.

Low-budget and loosely assembled, “Teen Wolf” is more of a curiosity in the impressive career of Michael J. Fox than a proficient movie. Director Rod Daniel (“K-9,” “Like Father, Like Son”) dutifully charges ahead with this hazy tale of adolescent metamorphosis, tailing Scott as he endures high school hell, coming to grips with his limited sexual and social appeal, freely indulging his sense of panic as his schooling draws to an unadventurous close. The young man is irritated and isolated in his small town, desperate for a change. And that transformation arrives in the form of extraordinary body hair, fangs, and engorged physical abilities. The nerd is now a monster, and everyone loves the beast.

“Teen Wolf” is a charmer, perfectly content to stick to irrelevant adolescent concerns while following a formula that finds Scott caught up in his wolfy fame, alienating those who truly care about him. It’s always easy to spot where the picture is headed, but the journey has its rewards, primarily in the cast, with Fox contributing customary comedic unease in, technically, his first leading role. It’s a comfortable contrast between the wimp and the wolf, with a buzzing nervous energy that help to ease the transformations along. Granted, jittery anxiety is a Fox specialty, but Daniel wields it superbly in the picture, urging the spazzy reactions and broad physical comedy along. Supporting turns from Hampton and Ursitti bring a sense of kindness to the abrupt picture, while Levine and Arnold play their ridiculous clichés with skill.

Having viewed “Teen Wolf” several times as a kid, it was a shock to revisit the film for this review and notice a few more unsavory details, chiefly a bit of homophobia from Styles and the script’s rather accelerated interest in underage drinking, marijuana use, and sex (bestiality?) -- this is PG movie after all. These are not oppressive developments, and further 1985 touches (including a joke about Grenada and a breakdance sequence) are appreciated. Daniels handles the film so lightly, nothing seems to stick anyway, with unfinished subplots and Scott’s compressed character arc creating gaps along the way. The feature is having too much fun with the wolf material to care. After all, this is a shapeless teen fantasy, a world where a boy can transform into a werewolf in public and nobody bats an eye. It’s difficult to find the movie distasteful when it barely takes itself seriously.

It’s also a film where the basketball matches are dripping with sweat, as thought the contests were being held inside a sauna. Daniel goes a little overboard with the wet, or perhaps this is some symbol of male development I missed. Either way, the cast looks like they’ve sat in the splash zone at a Shamu Sea World show once the action hits the court. Odd.

“Teen Wolf” is an amusing movie, most confident when depicting Scott taking advantage of his wolf power, finding his life elevated by the miracle fur. Expectedly, the script attempts to ground the picture in sincerity for the final act, but it’s a development easily ignored, much like the cartoon (sans drugs and gay panic) and sequel (with Jason Bateman taking the reins as Scott’s cousin) that quickly followed. Though the producers tried, nothing quite matched this strange, slack comedy, offering a peek at a fresh-faced Michael J. Fox just before his fame understandably exploded.

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User Comments

7/21/12 Sean Harrison One of Fox's best. 4 stars
10/23/10 Stormy Rockweather The best performance goes to the extra with his dick hanging out at the end in the crowd :< 5 stars
9/03/08 Shaun Wallner The storyline is well made! 5 stars
12/03/06 David Pollastrini some funny bits 3 stars
5/23/05 Jeff Anderson Ever so predictable, but I enjoyed it all the same & it's way better than TEEN WOLF TOO!!!! 4 stars
4/01/05 Carolyn Cherry It was good but then again I was like 15 3 stars
3/25/05 Carolyn Rathburn I love Michael J. he is entertaining and cute as a button, I enjoyed this movie . 5 stars
3/25/05 hannaho Typical of the 80's. Best left there. 3 stars
3/24/05 monnilove good old hary not scary flick 3 stars
3/23/05 Cheryl Free This is cute - a classic. I've seen it more than once and always enjoy watching it. 4 stars
3/20/05 Chris Stephens 80's classic 4 stars
8/25/04 K Man boof was hot 4 stars
5/15/04 Hal Galikakick Good Cable movie when nothing else is on. 3 stars
3/10/03 Jack Sommersby A wonderful comedy. Well-written, sharply directed, and superbly acted by Fox. 4 stars
2/10/03 Bex Absolutely class 5 stars
6/20/02 Chris Can't face up to most movies... 3 stars
6/20/02 Mr Math Most definitely harmless. PG 80's teen high school comedy. Ya know. 3 stars
6/19/02 Charles Tatum Gives all '80's films a bad name 2 stars
4/16/02 NWO4LIFE Fun little movie. Michael J. Fox's performance puts it over the top. 4 stars
4/13/02 nobody i liked it, though it was unoriginal>>>who the fuck cares, it was an enjoyable movie... 4 stars
4/10/02 Butterbean I liked this as a kid. 4 stars
3/08/02 Mo Anand This is not a bad movie...something good for the family 4 stars
1/27/02 The Third Duran Some of the wolf parts were freaky, like his red eyes. A funny, wacky '80s classic 5 stars
8/31/01 TLsmooth You guys know you like it. 4 stars
8/19/01 Andrew Carden Extremly Unfunny and Boring, Even Though The Effects Are OK. 2 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat Is this a horror-comedy or a comedy that's so bad it's a horror movie, too? 1 stars
1/14/01 GARY EWENS where can i get a copy for a number one fan 4 stars
10/15/00 John Byrne Touching film about a boy coming to grips with his own identity. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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