Michael J. Fox
I loved TEEN WOLF back then, and, to a much lesser degree, I still do. Itís one of those films that just happens to be an indelible part of my childhood. Does it hold up? To a degree. The plot is pretty silly, but itís fun, and no more dated than a lot of the other eighties movies I liked back then, such as LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (which featured Kirk Cameron and Dudley Moore swapping bodies), SPACECAMP (kids in space with a cute robot), and SHORT CIRCUIT 1 & 2.
Looking at it now, itís a totally harmless, fun film, and Michael J. Fox, as always, is appealing as hell. No wonder this guy was a huge star in the mid eighties. He was, and still is, a super-likable guy. The make-upís not all that convincing, but this is a kids flick, and not AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, so thereís so wiggle room there. As for the plot- all the high-school hallmarks are there. Wimpy leading man, who stands up to bullies, hot chick that ends up being a total bitch and is replaced by the more appealing tom-boy best friend. We also get the asshole principal, the jerk basketball coach, and the stoner best friend (played by the great Jerry Levine). The only area this film really tanks is in the soundtrack department, with all of the tunes being (deservedly) obscure. I guess John Hughes music supervisor wasnít available.