Teen Wolf

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After sitting on the shelf for some time, Teen Wolf was released on the heels of the hugely successful Back to the Future in an attempt to cash in on the huge popularity of star Michael J. Fox. Teen Wolf chronicles the plight of Fox as a small-town nerd who can't seem to score a basket on the court or a point with his dream girl. Things change, however, once he discovers his family's hereditary secret, lycanthrope. As he begins to look hairier and hairier, his team begins to win basketball games and his dream girl begins to show interest in his unusual talent. His story does not progress without complications, however. His best friend, an opportunistic weasel, begins to exploit him beyond his limits of toleration, and his dream girl is captive to the requisite bully boyfriend, who, of course, captains the arch-rival basketball team. And then, to top it all off, Fox's other best friend is in love with him. Unbelievably, this film was a box-office success and eventually inspired an even worse sequel, Teen Wolf Too, several years later -- a film which Fox wisely declined.~ Jeremy Beday, All Movie Guide


  • Michael J. Fox
  • James Hampton
  • Susan Ursitti
  • Jerry Levine
  • Matt Adler
  • Lorie Griffin
  • James MacKrell
  • Mark Arnold
  • Jay Tarses
  • Mark Holton

Did You Know?


  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Greg White officially changed his name to Stylez G. White on December 15, 2008. The inspiration for the name change came from Jerry Levine's character, Stiles, in this movie.
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  • While Stiles is van surfing, a police motorcycle escort with its hazard lights on is briefly visible in the bottom left of the frame.
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    • Coach Finstock: There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese.
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Teen Wolf is a clever and inventive film, a soft and contemporary retelling of the familiar werewolf tale.

Metacritic review by Rick Kogan
Rick Kogan
Chicago Tribune

The formulae of gal-next-door and big game are followed so slavishly that it's hard to laugh at Teen Wolf even on the rare moments when it is original. The script and the direction are simply too lazy, too contemptuous even of adolescent audiences. [24 Aug 1985, p.C5]

Metacritic review by Bill Cosford
Bill Cosford
Miami Herald

For a film that's so innocuous, Teen Wolf is aggressively boring.

Metacritic review by Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
The New York Times