Teen Wolf is about a teenager (Michael J. Fox) who discovers he’s a werewolf, a sudden bonus persona that gets him girls and helps his hopelessly flailing basketball team but makes the already confusing identity crisis of adolescence even more complicated. And it’s awesome. Teen Wolf is great, and don’t let anyone tell you different; Fox plays the lead role with his usual charm and effortless charisma, and the movie has some surprisingly insightful things to say about self-confidence, peer pressure, the price of celebrity, sexual awakening and responsibility, trying to buy beer when you’re underage, you name it. This was actually shot before Back to the Future but released about a month and a half after upon the mega-success of that film; by the time Teen Wolf wrapped, http://heavy.com/tag/alyssa-milano/ had been fired from BTTF and Fox’s schedule was cleared, making this a “good karma” movie if there ever was one. Followed by a sequel, Teen Wolf Too, that’s nowhere near as bad as everyone says it is thanks to another super-charismatic performer in the lead role (Jason Bateman, playing Fox’s cousin); a third installment starring Alyssa Milano was planned but never filmed. Damn, that would’ve been hot.
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