When a movie has you begging for it to end not even half way through it's pure crap. We've all seen this movie and this characters millions of times, nothing new in it. Don't waste your time.
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It really made me laugh, but for some moments I was tearing up because I could relate so much.
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It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,
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Despite some wonderful makeup effects and and a great performance from the ever charming Michael J. Fox. The film has a very strange feeling with some jokes that land, but the cast never acts like they do, and some jokes that don't land. The film is clearly a product of the 80s, and while it possesses some charm, in the end it's just an average film that had potential but ultimately falls short.
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I'm a kid from the 80's decade and this film is another childhood gem. I always loved the werewolf sub genre in films and this film was literally my first werewolf film, I had a lot of fun with it then and I still do now.What I really like about the film was how unique it was for it's time. It not just brought the werewolf subgenere to the teen audience but it also made it lighthearted which is something that hasn't really been done before or much. Let alone the fact this film is also kinda a sports movie as it's kinda about Basketball but with werewolves.I do like the effects and design of the wolf, it's a unique design because the wolf is non threatening and actually pleasant looking. The soundtrack is very good, there are a lot of memorable songs. Two of the ones that stick out are "Win in the End" which was a fun but encouraging song. But my favorite one of all is "Shooting for the Moon" which I thought was just beautiful because it really had a romantic tone but most importantly a great and inspiring message which correlates with the theme of the film.The comedy is solid, like that whole motto surf concept which was a trend at the time. And I even like the basketball sequences, mainly that final game which was a lot of fun.And of course the story is solid, it's the typical underdog rising up but it's done right. I really like the characters from Boof whom I think is cute and she has the persona to boot. The chemistry between both Scott and her is solid. It's basically a developing romance between the two, you already know that Boof and Scott are right for each other, it makes perfect sense since both of them have a long history together. The way it's handled feels a bit realistic as we see it slowly develop as Scott is feeling more toward her begins to see her different.Styles is just great, I really love how he is just this ball of energy. He's sort of an underdog as well, despite not being popular or even coming close to getting there he never lets that get him down as he just want to simply have fun, do his thing, and express himself not caring what other people think. I really love how he always has this different colorful graphic tees which are always funny as each of them has a colorful message which perfectly reflects the kind of character he is. He's also sort of a business man as we see him making a business out of Scott's werewolf fame which I thought was kinda funny but also clever, why not.And of course Scott is great (played by one of my favorite actors Michael J Fox) I really love how he's a sympathetic optimistic underdog we all can relate and sympathize with. He's not really on the high end of things, as he love for the sport isn't quite translating to a winning streak. But in certain points in time his luck will soon change in a big way. Even like how he reacts at first to the whole wolf change which seems normal for anyone, honestly how would you react. Basically the whole Werewolf transformation is metaphor for the common bodily changes all teenagers go through which can be both a wonderful and scary thing.Most importantly I like how the film has a good theme about the importance of being and believing in yourself.The whole Werewolf transformation thing is also metaphor for the image Scott is hiding behind just to get the popularity and empowerment he craves. From the abilities the Werewolf powers have given him as they made him perform physically better at Basketball, and the attention he's getting he feels that this is the person he should be. However he learns that living life though an image is a shallow and lonely existence because Scott isn't being himself, and he of course begins to learn the flip side of the coin of his powers that it not just produces consequences but also he's starting to become what he doesn't want to be.And of course I really like how he comes through in the end, which just goes to show that all you really need to be to achieve good and great things is yourself.Teen Wolf is howling fun.Rating: 3 stars
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In the same year that Fox became a superstar going back to the future he also had this little werewolf gem creep out. The title says its all really in its brilliant cheesy way, a typical 80's film title. Young teen Fox slowly discovers that he is in fact a werewolf and its been in the family for generations. In all honesty this is your very standard cheeky 80's high school romp which was the staple diet of many classic comedians throughout the 70's and 80's. The twist in this of course is the supernatural element which is simply a play on the effects of puberty, swapping spots for claws. Its all here as you would expect, the sexy blonde everybody lusts after, the plain brunette our hero never notices, the party obsessed crazy ass best friend, the quiet sensible best friend, the bully, the fat kid, the token black guy (lemonade...awesome character name) and various amusing stereotypical teachers. The best easily being the carefree gum chewing basketball coach.So if you put the predictable teen antics to one side what are the wolf antics like? Well its pretty darn sweet as a matter of fact, and what's more amazing is the makeup effects on show are really quite good. The little sequence of Fox turning into the wolf has clearly been influenced by 'An American Werewolf in London' and its a really well done moment. Its not scary or gruesome in any of course but it still does look quite realistic utilising simple effects and quick editing. His father in wolf mode doesn't look quite as good admittedly, more like a greying woodland animal with puffed up hair.There isn't all that much wolf action so to speak, its mostly more silly high school antics but in wolf mode. Wolf mode gives our hero greater strength, better vision, brains etc...the guy becomes a super werewolf and aces everything in school whilst becoming a ladykiller (not literately). The main events of the film are based around the high school basketball games in which Fox's character usually sucks but naturally as a werewolf he's turned the game on its head. This film actually got me into basketball for a time, it introduced me to the game, because of this I bought NBA Jam hehe. The game segments are really good fun and as the film climaxes it does get a little emotional I can't deny. The game montage accompanied by Mark Safan's 'Win in the End' is glorious mainly down to that corking track. Funny how the underneath of Fox's arms didn't have any werewolf hair applied, always obvious when he raises his arms. I think people can relate to this film in many ways, certain characters despite them being cliché, the problems of popularity, loneliness, bullying, sexuality etc...usual teen stuff. In all fairness this film doesn't really differ much from the vast array of fast food American high school flicks out there, the werewolf angle is only a different representation of teen angst. It shouldn't really be a good film but somehow it is, what you see isn't original and there aren't any dazzling special effects, its more a character/school based fantasy which is simply a good fun little ride. Attractive performances all round especially from Levine as Stiles and a wicked soundtrack make this a solid cult gem.8.5/10
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This was one of those movies that I remember watching a few times back when I was a kid and back when Michael J Fox was still acting and I must say it is one of those eighties movies that I still have a fondness for, even though now I would probably not watch it again because despite all of the fondness that I have for the film, there is nothing really all that much about it that makes it stand out all that much. It's not as if it is The Terminator with a classic Arnold Schwartzenegger one liner, or any number of other classic eighties movies that I remember with fondness because, well, there isn't all that much about it that would make it a classic.Basically it is about a boy in highschool who suddenly discovers that he is a werewolf, and that it is something that runs in the family. After the initial shock, he suddenly becomes really popular, and is able to take on an opposing basketball team all by himself. In fact at the beginning of the film it is very clear that the schools basketball team basically blows, and it is not until one game when he finds himself at the bottom of a stacks on that he becomes the wolf, and then goes on to win the game – single handedly.Some have suggested that this is a subtle exploration of the nature of High School in your average American town (or suburb, or what not – it is not really made all that clear, but you could suggest that this could occur in any high school in any part of America – except for the fact that werewolves are creatures of myths and legend). Some have also suggested that it is about how, unless we are sporting heroes, or there is something important about us, that we are damned to spend our lives in obscurity. Yeah, I can see that in this film, and I can also see it as some form of subtle criticism of the American way of life (not that there is much that you can criticise), and that one is defined based not only upon how many people know who you are, but also how many people like and look up to you.It could also be considered some form of morality tale, in that we don't need magical powers to be able to win, all we need to do is to work as a team and believe in ourselves. Well, that is all well and good, but it suggests that by doing that then we can go from being a basketball team that blows to a basketball team that can win a championship – the problem is that it never actually works out that way. Still, this is a Hollywood movie, and in the end, the hero gets the girl – the right girl, not the snivelling bitch that leads you on because you are a famous person, and she can only define herself based upon what that famous person thinks of her, and that they win the basketball game, and the evil vice-principle (it is always the vice-principle that is evil, isn't it) is put into his place, and then the movie ends. I guess that suggests that everything is sorted and everybody lives happily ever after – until the make a sequel, that is.