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Teen Wolf
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Apr 13, 2011 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Rod Daniel

Actors:
Michael J. Fox
James Hampton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox) is a shy high-school student who discovers that he also has the ability to transform into a werewolf at will. Rather than a hunger for human flesh, Scott discovers that heís not all that different as a werewolf, except that heís more charismatic, a better basketball player, and suddenly the most popular guy in school. But will Scott let it all go to his head?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Ah, TEEN WOLF. Hereís a film that, during my youth in the mid-late eighties, spent an awful lot of time in my VHS. I was about five when this thing hit home video, and for years I watched this film over and over. It helped that BACK TO THE FUTURE was one of my favorite films at the time, and that FAMILY TIES was my favorite TV show, so the fact that Michael J. Fox (or Marty, as I called him back then, just as I only referred to Tom Cruise as Maverick) was the star of the show didnít hurt.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Not much here other than the trailer , and a promo for the new MTV series, which seems to be going down a more TWILIGHT-ty route.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
TEEN WOLF doesnít look too spectacular on blu-ray, and really, this isnít the type of film that cries out for an HD upkick. Then again, the price is low (ten bucks), and if you donít happen to own the DVD, and love this film- you could do worse. Just stay away from the shiite sequel starring Jason Bateman.
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9:39AM on 04/13/2011
I never thought Coach was a jerk, just sort of aloof. He obviously was only coaching because he was pressured by the dickhead vice principle. My guess is that he was sort of Howard's "Stiles" back in the day, and because of the animosity between Thorne and Howard, Thorne decided that because he was piss-his-pants scared of Howie, he'd take it out on Coach Bobby. So, uh, yeah.... Go Beavers!
I never thought Coach was a jerk, just sort of aloof. He obviously was only coaching because he was pressured by the dickhead vice principle. My guess is that he was sort of Howard's "Stiles" back in the day, and because of the animosity between Thorne and Howard, Thorne decided that because he was piss-his-pants scared of Howie, he'd take it out on Coach Bobby. So, uh, yeah.... Go Beavers!
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