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Theatrical Release: 1985 / Director: Rod Daniel / Actors: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton ... / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      19.01.2013 13:36
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      Classic 80s Film

      I have finally reached my 100th review and have chosen to review another 80s movie since I'm so in love with watching 80s movies. I have chosen Teen Wolf because I think it is a really good movie that looks at a mythical creature in a different light rather than make it a horror figure. Besides that I love Michael J Fox and thought it was time to review one of his films the he stars in.

      -------------------Cast-----------------​-----
      Michael J. Fox -- as -- Scott Howard
      Lorie Griffin -- as -- Pamela Wells
      James Hampton -- as -- Harold Howard
      Susan Ursitti -- as --Lisa "Boof" Marconi
      Jerry Levine -- as -- Rupert "Stiles" Stilinski
      Matt Adler -- as -- Lewis
      Jim McKrell -- as -- Vice Principal Rusty Thorne
      Mark Arnold -- as -- Mick McAllister
      Jay Tarses -- as -- Coach Bobby Finstock
      Mark Holton -- as -- Chubby

      -----------------Plot & Characters-----------------
      Teen Wolf well the title explains it all really. It is about a teenage basketball player Scott that is starting to realise that something is wrong with him and later finds out that his family are Wolves and that it has been passed down to him. At first Scott finds it hard to deal with his knew identity but after his secret gets out it brings him the popularity and excitement in his life that he always wanted. Becoming the popular Wolf kid that everyone loves gets to his head abit and he has to try and control his Wolf side to prevent it taking over.
      What I liked about the plot is that the movie is a story of a Wolf which is a mythical creature but instead of turning it into a horror movie they have gone a different route and made the Wolf be expectable in society and almost normal. Usually when mythical creatures are made to be like this it comes off as a bit childish to me but this was far from childish and still has teen humour and is very much a teen movie. I like that they have made this Wolf character deal with regular teen issues such as relationships, friendships and the pressures of being what everyone wants you to be. There are ups and downs and in general the story shows a teenager who finds out his a Wolf find himself.

      The characters in this film are no different from other movies based around school. It has the girl who has a secret crush of her best friend who is Scott. You have the popular girl with a boyfriend who Scott wants to date and eventually get to despite her jealous boyfriend. As well as those Scott has a witty best friend who is like an assistant selling merchandise for him. After reading the characters I have described you may be thinking yes that sounds like you typical teen movie because it is. What makes it different for me is the whole Wolf in school thing but take out the Wolf and it really is just your average teen school flick.
      The acting in this film is pretty good and I enjoyed watching most of it especially Michael J Fox. I think most movies that star Michael J Fox your are able to just get lost in them no matter what they are about. I think it's because he is good at making you believe his character and his characters always come across as feel good characters. Not to mention Michael J Fox was a man in his mid 20s at the time and managed to pull of playing a teenager very well in which many try and fail.

      I like the way that the basketball team that Scott plays on is not full of hot studs like you average high school basketball team in a movie. You have Chubby who is quite fat and on the team but yet still plays very well. I actually like they way they break the stereotypes that sports men have to be muscled and toned. Although sport is featured in the film throughout it is all good for those who are non-sporty because there is always fun on the court and there are many comical moments on the court also. The basketball court is also significant to the movie because this is where Scott reveals himself as a Wolf. It is also where he manages to prove he is more than just a Wolf.


      ---------------Special Effects----------------
      I don't actually think the special effects were particularly good. The wolf look very fake and very much like I could have done it myself. Saying this I thought it was better this way since the movie is more of a fantasy comedy rather than just fantasy so it having this unrealistic look man wolf was kind of funny and added to the whole mad plot of the film.

      --------------Overall--------------
      I think overall this film was very entertaining to watch. There is lots of music, parties and general teen fun going on in the movie. The movie is available to buy but I would recommend getting the double pack of teen wolf 1 and 2 which is on Amazon from £1.35. The reason I say get the two is because by the time it got to the end of the film I wanted more and although the second one it isn't as good it still has a similar feel to it and is enjoyable to watch.

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        04.05.2010 18:00
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        Puberty hits Scott in a hard way!

        FILM ONLY REVIEW

        Scott Howard is a normal teenager, he goes to school and is in love with a girl who is out of his league. Scott plays on the basketball team but they are not doing at all well. Things for Scott are about to get a little strange when he realises he is changing.

        Scott so learns that he is part werewolf, he has got this from his Dad. Scott is shocked at first but things for him take a turn for the better when he changes in the middle of a basketball game and the crowd love him as he helps win the game for the team. Scott was is now spending his time as a werewolf is now the most popular kid in school and he is loving all the attention. Will Scott realise he cannot stay this way and what will the effect be on his old friends who don't like the new Scott?

        The plot summery for this film may seem very brief but this really is all there is to the film apart from a few other characters who manage to add a little bit but I am not going to give details on this as it will give the whole film away. I did find the storyline was ok but it was nothing special, I found it was a typical 80's film with the cheesy and corny lines but overall it was enjoyable.

        Michael J Fox played the lead role of Scott and he did a good job. I loved how he took the two different character and made them very different. He was a typical normal teenager and one day he had this change which he dealt with very well. I think he acted well and made his character very easy to warm to and understand. He did a good job bringing humour to the film and this seemed to come naturally from him. When he was the werewolf he was so different, he had confidence and strutted around school, I think the way the characters were so different made this film better to watch.

        Other actors in the film included, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti and Jerry Lavine and they all too gave good performances. I enjoyed how they were all so different and found this gave the storyline some diversity and a little more depth. Some of the character were a little on the daft side and played very over the top but again this seemed to add some humour to the whole storyline.

        There is a good bit of humour in the film and some good fun parts, I would not class it as a comedy as there are not enough of these funny parts but it is a good light-hearted watch. The special effects are one thing which let this film down. I was made back in 1985 and this was very apparent right from the start. The clothing and the hair styles were the biggest give away for the year and I have to say some of them very quite funny to see. The appearance of the werewolf had to be the biggest laugh of the film, he really did look stupid and not at all believable. I know they were aiming this film for a wide audience so did not want to make him look scary but for me a lot more work was needed. Scott when playing the werewolf to me looked more like Bigfoot and for me it did let the film down.

        The music was a good part of the film as it was all from the 1980's and I loved listening to the old tracks. I think this was the best part of the film.

        As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak of. The running time of the film is 91 minutes and the certificate is a PG. I do agree with this arte and think it would be best viewed by the younger market. The film can be bought on DVD for just a few pounds on Amazon.

        I can only give this film 3 stars and it was pure 80's cheese but I did actually enjoy it. The effects were bad but for some reason this added to the humour. The soundtrack is good and probably the best part of the film. Michael J Fox did a great job in this role and I have to say I don't think this film would have worked without him in it. This is definitely one for the younger audience.

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          16.03.2010 13:07
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          Overall, very funny with a message

          I watched Teen Wolf years ago and again recently and it's stupid but great harmless fun. I really enjoyed Michael J Fox in that era with movies like Back to the Future and this being released. The idea of Teen Wolf I felt to some degree was the exploration of puberty amongst teenagers.

          Released in 1985, Michael J. Fox plays Scott Howard who is an ordinary teenager at High School, or so he thought. If anything he found it slightly hard to fit in as he was the shortest player on the school basketball team and to add insult to injury their team is the worst in the league. He does have some nice friends though that he hangs out with.

          However, one normal day he realises there might be something a little different about him when he hears a boy in a store blowing a dog whistle. He now realises that he is anything but an average teenager. These opinions are reinforced when he starts growing excessive hair on his hands, ears and on his back. He doesn't really know what's going on except that he looks like a werewolf once this has happened. He tries to keep things quiet from his dad, although he eventually finds out that the same thing happens to him too.

          At first it's a all a bit of a shock and very amusing to watch, and then gradually Scott starts to get used to his werewolf tendencies and control them. He even begins to make the most of them. Unfortunately this means he begins to alienate his old friends who have stuck by him and making new friends as his popularity increases. Of course his new friends are very superficial and only like him for the wolf inside him.

          I thought that Teen Wolf was a very funny and charming movie geared at the whole family although perhaps not for very young children when he changes into a werewolf. It seems to be about learning to accept yourself for who you are and not just becoming popular due to your exterior and ditching your old friends because of it.

          The movie tells a very silly but simple story and I found it great fun to watch and enjoy. It's not that long at about an hour and a half but doesn't really need to be. It manages to combine some laughs, emotion and romance and a message into it's running time. Highly recommended for a nice easy watch.

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          11.02.2010 12:30
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          For children of the 80s

          Teen Wolf is a 1985 comedy starring Michael J Fox and directed by Rod Daniel.

          Scott Howard (Fox) is not one of the popular kids at high school. He plays for the basketball team which loses a lot more than it wins and pines after Pamela Wells (Lorie Griffin) a girl completely out of his league, whilst oblivious to the fact his friend Boof (Susan Ursitti) is in love with him. After strange things start happening to him he discovers that he and his father are werewolves. After his secret is revealed at school, he uses his supernatural condition to turn around the fortunes of his basketball team and finds that people now want to get to know him. But is it him or the wolf people want to be friends with?

          Filmed before Back To The Future but released after it, Teen Wolf was very much a vehicle for Michael J. Fox to display his boyish charm. It is definitely the lesser sibling to BTTF, lacking the invention of storyline or the directing skill of Robert Zemeckis (Teen Wolf director Daniel's most notable films since are K9 and Home Alone 4). What we get if a simple morality tale about being honest and believing in yourself. It doesn't so much play with the rules of werewolf mythology as throws them out of the window altogether, but the wolf is merely a means to an end so don't go in expecting anything close to a traditional werewolf film with Fox meeting the business end of a silver bullet!

          Despite the fact this was obviously made to cash in on Fox's fame, the film does provide a lot of likeable characters, and it's this that carries it along to the obvious conclusion. Michael J. Fox is as charismatic as always, giving us an everyman to root for and showing the comic timing he put to good use in then US TV comedy Family Ties. Jerry Levine as his best friend Stiles exploits the teen wolf phenomenon at the high school and could have come across as exploitative but he is charming and goofy enough to be a likeable idiot. James Hampton as Scott's father Harold perfectly plays the paternal figure out to protect his son from the things he went through and Susan Ursitti as the ridiculously named Boof provides a sweet girl-next-door whilst still being feisty enough not to be boring. Lorie Griffin as object of desire Pamela must have been chosen for her looks as she fails to convince much as a character.

          Obviously having seen this as a child nostalgia has played its part in this remaining in my affections so many years later so anyone coming to this now will no doubt find it barely above direct to DVD fare, but for me it still retains a great deal of charm and warm.

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          08.01.2010 14:57
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          Predictable, and Michael J. Fox has been in much better, but it is still so enjoyable!

          PLEASE NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS ALSO FEATURED ON CIAO, UNDER MY USERNAME "MONSOONBABY88."

          There are many cheesy 80s films out there that sadly, are not that great. However, there are also many cheesy 80s films that are highly enjoyable. Teen Wolf luckily falls into the latter catagory. Released in 1985, Teen Wolf was Michael J. Fox's first big screen role, but audiences did not hear of it's release until after the first Back To The Future had screened.

          There isn't much in the plot that we haven't seen many times before in teen comedies. Michael J. Fox plays seventeen year old Scott Howard, a basketball playing high school kid who wishes he was popular, and dreams of winning the affections of popular blonde Pamela Wells (Lorie Griffin), but unfortunately for Scott, she is dating an opposing basketball team's player. All the while, Scott's friend Boof (Susan Ursitti) is secretly hiding her true feelings from him.

          After his basketball team fails at winning once again, Scott begins to realise that his body is going through changes. At first, putting it down to his hormones going crazy, Scott soon realises that perhaps he is not an average teenager afterall. After a confrontation with his Dad over his strange changes, Scott finds out that he is actually a werewolf, just like his Dad.

          The film then follows Scott as he comes to terms with his new wolf status. After turning into a werewolf during a basketball game, Scott's secret is out to the rest of High School, but it doesn't go down as bad as he thought it would. It seems becoming a werewolf actually improves your basketball skills. Scott's popularity is suddenly on a high, and best friend Stiles (Jerry Levine) quickly cashes in on Scotts new found fame, by trading Wolf merchandise, and changing his van into the "Wolfmobile."

          However, it seems Scott's High School peers only seem interested in him when he becomes "the Wolf", yet Scott's friend Boof is pining for her old friend. Will Scott be able to adjust to his new life, and find a balance between "Scott" and "The Wolf"?

          Teen Wolf may seem a little average after watching Michael J. Fox is much better films such as his hugely successful stint in the Back To The Future trilogy. However, if you enjoy a good 80s comedy, then this is enjoyable enough. Teen Wolf has a pretty basic storyline if you take away the werewolf aspect-the cliques of a teen comedy set in High School are there. The typical keyboard heavy music is present throughout the film, and for me at least, there is a certain element of nostalgia for 80s movies when watching this.

          For something that was pretty much made on a low budget, the effects are not too bad. Michael J. Fox in his werewolf form does not look too fake, and the scene in which we first see his transformation was edited and shot quite well. The acting, whilst over the top for the most part, is acceptable too. A light-hearted, fairly predictable comedy that can be enjoyed by anyone. Just a word of warning though- I suggest not watching it's sequel, "Teen Wolf Two." It does not have the charm of Teen Wolf, and sadly, it does not work without Michael J. Fox.

          Watch Teen Wolf without being too judgemental. Yes, it may not be one of Michael J. Fox's strongest films, but it did hold some charm. It happens to be quite enjoyable, and amusing in parts too. Many scenes such as the Car Surfing scene are quite memorable. Give it a watch and see what you think!

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          20.07.2009 12:25
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          A nice concept but poor delivery

          80s films are generally revered for their charm and very recognisable aesthetic. Whilst this is true of films such as The Warriors, and certainly Michael J Fox's own Back to the Future series, there are a few duds, chiefly such as his star vehicle Teen Wolf, released in 1985.

          High school student Scott Howard is encountering some very odd changes in his life - after losing a basketball game, he begins to notice some bodily changes, such as hair growing on his palms, and his voice deepening. Soon enough, he transforms into a fully fledged werewolf, and has to contend with juggling his school life with his werewolf life. However, Scott manages to use his condition to gain popularity at school, such as attaining favour with the girl of his dreams, and getting revenge on those who have bullied him.

          It's a saucy, fun concept, but sadly, it's just lacking in the bite or wit that would make it a staple of 80s American cinema. It plays everything too safe, and his transformation into the wolf could very well have been a potent allegory for any given number of things, such as puberty and maturity. Also, it's just too safe and PG-rated for a film about a werewolf - I think had Scott have to contend with his animalistic desire to devour the Jock douchebags at his school, this film could have had a very memorable dark humour to it.

          A decent premise is marred by a soft-edged, inoffensive approach that makes merely tepid reference to the shallow nature of the high school experience, whilst being mostly happy to pile on the cheese and laundry list of cliches.

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            24.03.2009 11:08
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            One of my favourite 80's movies of all times has to be Teen Wolf. It's one of those that you know all the lines to and can watch over and over again and still not get bored. I think it combines that classic 80's cheesiness with the perfect mix of teen angst, and love and friendship to bring you a great film.

            The basic plot for the show involves a Scott Howard, a high school student who is struggling with the fact that he is able to transform into a werewolf. He keeps this to himself for a while but upon divulging it to his father, finds out that he too is a werewolf and gives him advice on how to deal with it. Scott doesn't really take his advice as he finds that, after some initial reservations from the other students it now gives him a edge at high school and he becomes the popular kid. Throw in a couple love interests, some sceptical friends, some enemies and lots of basketball, then you have the rest of the movie.

            Scott Howard is played by the eternal high school student, Michael J Fox. I love him as an actor, (Back to the Future is another one of my favourites) and I really think he makes the movie. Teen Wolf was actually filmed before Back to the Future but was not released until after it, at which point it and MJF were an absolute success. Teen Wolf was released in 1985. What's ironic is that Michael J Fox was actually 24 when the movie came out but was playing a 17 year old high school student. He can get away with it though because he has such boyish features!

            Basketball is featured quite a lot in this movie but you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy the film. The basketball games are actually good fun to watch, yes predictable but hilarious. It's actually on the basketball court that Scott reveals himself as The Wolf. During a scrum for a wayward ball Scott gets angry and becomes the wolf for the first time in front of practically the whole school. It is quite funny to see their reactions and then weird in that everyone just carries on before like seeing a wolf man is no big deal.

            What makes me laugh is that being the Wolf suddenly makes Scott a much better athlete. Before, he is just an ordinary player, a bit short but works hard all the same. Once he is the Wolf he is dribbling and hitting jump shots like the best of them. However, is this fair and should he continue to play as the wolf or be the bigger man and play as himself and with his team. This is probably the underlying message that the film is giving viewers, the difference between right and wrong and how a man can count on his true friends.

            One of my favourite lines from the basketball court is during a game and one of the players on Scott's team has the ball. He is quite big guy and not the best player. He has been holding the ball for a while so the cute guy but baddie from the other team tells him to, "Shoot it, fat boy!" So he does, and gets a basket and gives the cute guy a sort of ha, eat that look, brilliant!

            The makeup/wolf costume for The Wolf is quite good, basic, you can see it's obviously just a costume but all the same it does look quite good. Michael J Fox basically has hair everywhere so to get into the Wolf costume must have taken quite a long time. There's a really funny scene where he is getting ready for the school dance which he decides to go to as The Wolf. He is combing and blowing drying his hair which is really funny and cute. The music that plays is Staying Alive by the Bee gee's and whenever I hear that song now all I can think of is Teen Wolf. The rest of the soundtrack for this movie is really good too and fits the movie, lots of classic 80's tracks, soft rock etc.

            All in all, this is a classic film that you can watch over and over again!

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              15.01.2009 10:44
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              a life long favourite of mine

              For a long time (and I mean maybe 15 years) this was my favourite movie of all time. I remember sitting in seminar at university, studying towards a degree in film and saying to the professor that Teen Wolf was the greatest film ever made. Now I dont actually think that, and I said it more to create a reaction from him, but I do think that this movie is a classic.

              My favourite character was always Styles - this is probably because I was only about 6 when I first saw this movie and he made me laugh.

              A little known fact about this movie is that there are two versions ini existance. One version has an explicit drugs reference, and the other does not. I have seen both, and to be honest the reference does nothing for the plot or character development.

              This movie made MJF my favourite actor as I was growing up. I knew nothing about acting, but all I knew was that I liked to watch him in movies.

              The special effects in this movie are quite good for 1985, although they will probably make you laugh now.

              The plot is basically that a teenager finds out that he is from a family of werewolves. This transformation gives him tremendous power, skill and strength, which he applies to basketball.

              The plot is, on a pychoanalytic level, a voyage through puberty.

              The wolf is a metaphor for his 'coming of age'. The clues are obvious -


              teenage boy finds that his body is going through changes. Starts to attract attention from girls. He starts to develop more physical strenth from his body.

              The central theme therefore is the story of the boy becoming a man. How will he deal with this transformation? As he shouts at his dad - 'this is something that i need to sort out by myself'

              Perhaps the reason that I loved this movie for so long is because I could relate to the themes presented to me. I was far too young to grasp them, but I wonder if I was able to relate to them in some sub conscious way.

              This is not the feel good, family friendly movie that some people imagine. As I have said, there is an explicit drug reference about 'the wolf' being able to sniff out the 'stash' in a garage. There is also scenes of under age drinking, of illegally trying to buy beer by minors to name but a few. Yet these scenes managed to slip by un noticed as everyone assumed this movie was fit for children. I dont have an issue with this film being watched by children, those references went right over my head, even although i used to quote the 'give me a keg of beer' line around the playground!

              The movie centres around a relationship between childhood friends Scott and Boof, as Scott becomes a man (or wolf) how will his relationship with the girl hold out? The other plot development is concerning basketball. Will the increasingly powerful Scott use his new found physicallity wisely or irresponsibly?

              As with my other movie reviews I am determined not to give the plot away, so I dare not say any more on the issue.

              Suffice to say that the whole Werewolf plot is a thin cover of a timeless theme. This is actually a stroke of genuis in my mind. I loved this film as a child, being completely unaware of these themes and just being captivated by the site of a giant werewolf playing basketball. As an adult I can appreciate the way that the movie takes this coming of age concept and puts it into such an unusual format.

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                12.01.2009 12:21
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                Wonderfully different

                One of my all time favourite movies. The story sees Scott Howard (Michael J Fox) as a teen at high school in a traditional teen angst genre, trying to buy alchohol, working at his Dad's hardware store and part of a school basketball team.

                Struggling to be better than average and to gain the affections of a beautiful but self absorbed girl, Pamela he confides in his friend, Boof a down to earth girl, next-door type who obviously thinks a lot of Scott.
                Pamela's boyfriend AND opposing basketball team player is out to get Scott and endlessly provokes him.

                At a party Scott becomes emotional charged and leaves only to get home and transform into the wolf. Dealing with his predicament he decides to reveal the wolf to his excentric friend 'Stiles'. Stiles jumps on the band wagon and suggests he exposes himself at school, which he does.

                The bitter sweet battle between Scott's alter ego the wolf who clearly plays basketball like a pro amongst other new found strentghs and Scott, the average if not a little whimpy boy who just wants to be popular is very heart warming leaving him to decide who will Scott be at the dance and which girl will he choose?
                Really, could life get and better than in this extraordinary movie metaphorically relating to everyones struggle with changes as a teenager and being accepted for who you are.

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                  Teenwolf!!! just found this film again after years of searching for it and watched it last night. It took me back to the good old days, i always loved this film as a little girl and as a woman i still love it, i found it to be cheesy, but it is very entertaining. Scott Howard is the boy next door, who thinks he is average and unimportant. Well, he is wrong and finds this out he is a a werewolf.

                  Ok the story can be said to be a little silly, but it will cheer you up on a day when you feel that there is nothing good out there.

                  Back to the plot, Scott Howard is a young man who plays basketball and really fancies the hotty of the School, Pamela. No matter how much he tries he can't make her notice him, until he finds out that his family has a big secret. His father and himself are both werewolves. Obviously to begin with Scott ain't to happy, but as he finds that by being a werewolf he has become the most popular kid or pup in the School and gets the ever wanted Pamela. He sees this as a blessing, But every silver lining has a darkside and scott finds himself in a bit of trouble.

                  Anyway i don't want to give to whole story away if you have not seen it, but i do advise you to have a look at this movie, it is a classic from the 80's.

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                    This is one of the classic feelgood comedy movies from the 80s, made when Michael J. Fox was on the top of his form and most popular. The actual idea was ridiculous, but the movie itself strangely compelling and its still a good watch now...well at least for nostalgia reasons. Our diminutive hero plays Scott Howard, a pretty average high school kid and struggling asketball player. His team sucks basically, and he is a pretty weak link within it. He wants Pamela, a snobbish girl who prefers to hang with the jocks rather than the weedy Scott and his friends. Life looks pretty grim, the principle doesn't like him, his coach is a loser and the only person he really has support from is his father. One day he is let in on a big secret...he is a werewolf. Of course, this increases his popularity no end and he becomes a breakdancing, basketball superstar and his popularity soars through the roof. However, one very vital lesson is to be learned here - self esteem can only be gained through who you are, not what people think you are. Scott has to learn to be his self and find acceptance through that. This is a fun movie, rather than a particularly believeable movie or one which is going to teach you many lessons despite its general premise and message delivered towards the end. In the 80s it was a smash hit and its still fun now although to be fair it looks a little dated. The werewolf effects are pretty laughable, ie someone glued a whole lot of dog hairs to Fox's face and body, but then it was never meant to be taken too seriously in the first place. I like the movie, its one of the better example of a feelgood movie, and one which doesn't get over-schmalzy and start flag waving as so many seem to have done in recent years. Check it out for nostalgia reasons more than anything else the next time its on television, although I would also say that if you have younger children then it is worth the rental - I think I was around 9 or 10 when I saw
                    it the first time around. Good fun.

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