Guilty Pleasure No. 59: Teen Wolf (dir by Rod Daniel)


First released in 1985, Teen Wolf is a bit of an odd film.

Michael J. Fox is Scott Howard, a 17 year-old high student in Nebraska.  There’s nothing special about Scott.  He plays on the school’s lousy basketball team.  He has a crush on the most popular girl in school, even though she barely seems to know that he’s alive.  He’s completely oblivious to the fact that his lifelong best friend, Boof (Susan Ursitti), is totally crushing on him.  His parents are clueless to Scott’s angst.  Maybe the only thing that Scott has going for him is that he is friends with the coolest kid in school, Stiles (Jerry Levine).  How cool is Stiles?  He’s so cool that his name is Stiles!  Actually, to be hones, Stiles seems just as dorky as Scott but this is an 80s film so who am I to argue with the film’s argument that everyone wants to hang out with Stiles?

Then, one night, Scott discovers that he has inherited the family “curse.”  He’s a werewolf!  But, on the plus side, he’s a really popular werewolf.  Everyone at school loves the werewolf.  The popular girls want to date the werewolf.  Everyone loves seeing the werewolf van surfing.  And, even more importantly, the werewolf is really good at basketball!  It’s weird because the Werewolf is just as short as Scott was but apparently, being a wolf makes you good at basketball.  You have to wonder why the other teams wouldn’t protest having to play against a werewolf.  I would be worried that the werewolf would get mad if it missed a shot and kill everyone on the court.

Anyway, Scott is popular but he soon learns that popularity is empty, regardless of whether you’re a werewolf or not.  He also realizes the Boof is the girl that he should be going out with but Boof only wants to date Scott.  She doesn’t want to date the werewolf.  Will Scott find the courage to go to the school dance as himself?

This is a pretty stupid movie but Michael J. Fox brings a lot of heart to the role of Scott and his romance with Boof (who really needs a better nickname) is actually rather sweet.  The highlight of the film are Scott’s interaction with his supportive but nerdy father (played by James Hampton).  There are a lot jokes that fall flat and the plot never makes much sense but the film itself so amiably dumb that it’s hard not to kind of like it.  That said, don’t ever try to surf on top of the van.  Werewolf or not, that looks dangerous!

Previous Guilty Pleasures

  1. Half-Baked
  2. Save The Last Dance
  3. Every Rose Has Its Thorns
  4. The Jeremy Kyle Show
  5. Invasion USA
  6. The Golden Child
  7. Final Destination 2
  8. Paparazzi
  9. The Principal
  10. The Substitute
  11. Terror In The Family
  12. Pandorum
  13. Lambada
  14. Fear
  15. Cocktail
  16. Keep Off The Grass
  17. Girls, Girls, Girls
  18. Class
  19. Tart
  20. King Kong vs. Godzilla
  21. Hawk the Slayer
  22. Battle Beyond the Stars
  23. Meridian
  24. Walk of Shame
  25. From Justin To Kelly
  26. Project Greenlight
  27. Sex Decoy: Love Stings
  28. Swimfan
  29. On the Line
  30. Wolfen
  31. Hail Caesar!
  32. It’s So Cold In The D
  33. In the Mix
  34. Healed By Grace
  35. Valley of the Dolls
  36. The Legend of Billie Jean
  37. Death Wish
  38. Shipping Wars
  39. Ghost Whisperer
  40. Parking Wars
  41. The Dead Are After Me
  42. Harper’s Island
  43. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
  44. Paranormal State
  45. Utopia
  46. Bar Rescue
  47. The Powers of Matthew Star
  48. Spiker
  49. Heavenly Bodies
  50. Maid in Manhattan
  51. Rage and Honor
  52. Saved By The Bell 3. 21 “No Hope With Dope”
  53. Happy Gilmore
  54. Solarbabies
  55. The Dawn of Correction
  56. Once You Understand
  57. The Voyeurs 
  58. Robot Jox

One response to “Guilty Pleasure No. 59: Teen Wolf (dir by Rod Daniel)

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