Teen Wolf

1985

Teen Wolf

Critics Consensus

Though Michael J. Fox is as charismatic as ever, Teen Wolf's coming-of-age themes can't help but feel a little stale and formulaic.

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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.

Cast

Michael J. Fox
as Scott Howard
James Hampton
as Harold Howard
Susan Ursitti
as Lisa 'Boof' Marconi
Jerry Levine
as Rupert 'Stiles' Stilinsky
Matt Adler
as Lewis Erikson
Lorie Griffin
as Pamela Wells
Mark Arnold
as Mick McAllister
Scott Paulin
as Kirk Lolley
Jim McKrell
as Russell Thorne
Harvey Vernon
as Old Man Clerk
Clare Peck
as Miss Hoyt
Gregory Itzin
as English Teacher
Doris Hess
as Science Teacher
Troy Evans
as Dragon Basketball Coach
Rod Kageyama
as Janitor
Carl Steven
as Whistle Boy
Richard Domeier
as Linebacker
Brian Sheehan
as Cadet #5
James MacKrell
as Russell Thorne
Jay Footlik
as Student #1
Fred A. Nelson
as Meechum Basketball Coach
Tanna Herr
as The Beaver
Mark L. Flowers
as Dragon Bowler
Jay Tarses
as Coach Finstock
Larry B. Daugherty
as Basketball Player
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Critic Reviews for Teen Wolf

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (18)

  • The whole thing is absolutely ridiculous--have you ever seen a wolf break dance?--and a good deal of fun.

    Mar 26, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Fox somehow survives on the sheer force of a pleasant screen presence, but those who remember The Shaggy Dog ought to stay away.

    Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Determinedly bland and unoriginal.

    Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Lightweight item is innocuous and well-intentioned but terribly feeble, another example of a decent idea yielding the least imaginative results conceivable.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • The movie plods towards a predictable ending and misses all sorts of chances to be funny.

    Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Teen Wolf

  • Jan 01, 2016
    What on earth did I just watch? Such an eighties style of filmmaking but with so many plot holes it's impossible yo get invested. The werewolf becoming the most popular person at school is okay to avoid but it grows incredibly tiresome as you soon discover the film has no real story. I treat this film has a cult film as it really has no real mainstream appeal. They recycle so much footage in that final game it's hilarious, the amount of points the beavers score compared to the scoreboard is just bad directing. I'm eager to watch just how bad Teen Wolf 2 is.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2014
    Goofy and lighthearted, Teen Wolf is a classic '80s cult comedy. High school basketball player Scott Howard is going through some changes, and is taken by surprise when he turns out to be a werewolf; but what's more surprising is that being a werewolf makes him more popular at school. Michael J. Fox leads the cast and gives a good performance. And, the makeup effects are fairly well-done. However, the directing is weak, as is the soundtrack: adding very little energy to the film. Additionally, the storytelling is especially poor; particularly in how nonchalant everyone is about a teenage kid turning into a werewolf. Teen Wolf is incredibly cheesy, but it's also kind of fun.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2012
    Pretty good comedy horror flick with teen flair, Teen Wolf delivers a good time with a good cast of actors who are great to watch on-screen. Although not as memorable as other horror comedies of the 80's, Teen Wolf is still a must for all horror fans. There are things that could have been done better, but for the most part, it succeeds at being a very entertaining film. This is cheesy 80's comedy horror at its best. This is a fun twist on the usual werewolf flick, and it works. Although not perfect, this film is still a must see with great gags on-screen, and a cast that's sure to please. The film at times is weak, but as a whole it succeeds at entertaining you because of the new ideas expressed in its story. The film may falter at times, but it doesn't prevent it from being a fun, entertaining hour and a half. I very much enjoyed this film, Michael J. Fox was very good here, and he made the film work. If you're looking for a fun cheesy comedy horror film that is meant not to be taken serious, Teen Wolf is that film. A very enjoyable film from start to finish this is an underrated film that deserves a lot more praise than it has gotten. Sure there are things that could have been improved upon, but in the end, the film still manages to be worthwhile viewing. If you enjoy 80's comedy horror cheese, then Teen Wolf is the perfect film for you to watch and fill that void. A different take on werewolf films and it pays off.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2011
    Harold Howard: Yeah, I saw, unless that was another werewolf doing a handstand on top of Stiles' wolfmobile and making a fool of himself.  "He always wanted to be special.. but he never expected this." A movie this stupid really depends on how fun you find it. I didn't enjoy myself. I'm going to nitpick a little bit here. I know this isn't a basketball movie, but if you are going to devote as much screen time at they do to basketball, at least make the games make sense. It looks like the director of the movie has never seen a basketball game in his life. First foul, he's shooting free throws and then after a foul, they do a jump ball. Little shit like that annoys the hell out of me. I guess if you aren't familiar with any concept that goes into basketball, you won't notice. With that to the side, I still didn't find this movie very entertaining.  Scott is an average kid who plays on a crappy basketball team. He isn't really good at anything. All of a sudden he starts to notice little changes, like fur growing on his hands and the fact that he can hear a dog whistle. Well to his surprise, but not his fathers, he is a werewolf. Unlike most werewolf movies the people around him just go with it. He changes in the middle of a game and after staring at him for a few seconds start playing again. Also, being werewolf makes hot girls who never noticed you before horny. Teen Wolf is actually rather dull for the story. You would think that there would be at least a little joy coming from the ridiculousness, but no. The film is as average as Scott before he becomes a werewolf. It's also extremely strange and I don't mean because the character turns into a werewolf and everyone begins to love him. No the whole movie is just really strange in a way that is hard to describe. A guy surfs on the hood of a van while "Surfing U.S.A. plays, there's weird montages with some of the worst songs I've ever heard playing during them, and then there's the dialogue like: Mick: You don't scare me, freak. Underneath all that hair, you're still a dork, Scott. I've handled your kind before. Your mama used to steal chickens out of the backyard until I blew her head off with a shotgun. Right, Scott?  Look, it could have probably been worse, but it just really sucks. Watch it if you must, but God the more I think about it, the more I hate it.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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