Teeth (2007)

2.

★★

Less bite than expected

Directed by: Mitchell Lichtenstein
Written by: Mitchell Lichtenstein
Starring: Jess Weixler, John Hensley and Josh Pais

Forget the rape whistle – who needs that when your vagina has got its own teeth?! The central concept driving Mitchell Lichtenstein’s Teeth is crazy enough to work, but due to the film’s inconsistent style and tedious visual direction, the film fails to be as shocking or effective as we might expect.

Dawn (Weixler) counsels teenagers on the importance of abstinence. As a growing teen herself, Dawn is a stark contrast to her step brother, Brad (Hensley), who does nothing but the opposite (other than smoking weed and listening to death metal, of course). Being an alien to her own body, Dawn is naturally surprised when she discovers her body is able to defend itself against male violence by simply biting off intruders.

The horrors of teen sex ed

Once the horror factor wears away, Teeth loses pace and steam. With spurts of comedy, overt references to B grade horror films, and an overarching sense of the bizarre, Teeth bites off more than it can chew as it jumps from one stylistic concept to another without taking full advantage of them. It’s a shame really, because the film is well-performed and perfectly set up for a mind fuck. Instead, the film handles the story with steady and unexciting directing that blunts the comedic, horrific and astounding bite Teeth could have had.

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