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3.0 out of 5 stars These teeth are a little blunt, 8 July 2011
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This review is from: Teeth [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Dawn is a virgin who has taken a vow to remain that way until she marries, then she meets Tobey and the two seem to have a mutual attraction. As she gets closer to Tobey and her urges get stronger, she discovers that she is different from other girls, very different.

Teeth is a movie that has a very simple premise, these films normally have to be very fun to be successful and Teeth fails as it seems to take itself a little too seriously to be truly enjoyable. Considering it's only on for 80 minutes, I found myself getting bored in parts. I liked how they tried to suggest that the local nuclear power plant played a part in her mutation, and as a bloke there were a few squeamish moments but nothing too much. The story has a good idea but doesn't really seem to know where to go with it, once you have the first "pay off" shot it gets dull and regurgitated by the end. If it wasn't for certain short scenes, I don't think there would really be a film here.

The acting is pretty decent, Jess Weixler does well with her role. John Hensley who irritated the life out of me in Nip/Tuck, annoyed me again in this but I suppose his performance on a technical level was competent. The directing is reasonable, considering he's a first time director and wrote the movie. Basically everything is done to a decent standard, it's just hurt by the fact it's a one trick pony.

The whole cult of virgins annoyed quickly, the scariest thing in the movie is the fact that there are people out there as repressed as the kids depicted here, they won't even watch a 12A movie, just incase people "make out" in it. I personally have no problem with people that want to "save themselves", but they don't have to act like ten year olds until the day they wed.

They claim on the back of the box "Do you have what it takes to watch teeth?", I can only assume they're referring to eyes as this film didn't shock or sicken me in the slightest. Obviously the film is original to a degree as I can't remember seeing a film with the same subject matter, so it gets some credit for doing something a bit different. Very little gore and the few bloody scenes are quite far apart, there's also very little nudity which was suprising considering what the movies main selling point was.

I think had this film been more of a B movie it would have been better, it needed to have more humour or be far more outrageous in my opinion. My enjoyment of the movie was harmed by the fact I found virtually every character unlikeable, especially the male leads. I think the film was sold as being a horror film, it has elements of horror but is more of a black comedy, sadly it didn't horrify or make me laugh anywhere near as often as it should have. The DVD itself has a commentary from the director, deleted scenes and behind the scenes. It's a decent film that felt like a wasted opportunity, but it's got just about enough originality and extras to be just above average. Three stars.
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