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1980s, Comedy - YA

TeenWolf (1985)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) PG
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Jeph Loeb, Matthew Weisman
Additional Info Apparently the studio wanted a film which could be made very cheaply, so the objective was achieved. It only took 21 days to film, at a cost of about $1,000,000 and made about $80,000,000 worldwide.
Director Rod Daniel
Starring Michael J Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursetti, Jerry Levine, Lorie Griffin
Elevator Pitch A high school student helps out in his father’s hardware store, is a member of a hopeless basket ball team and fails to be noticed by the prettiest girl in college. But his life is turned around when he finds that he has inherited the ability to turn into a werewolf from his father. As “the wolf” he leads the basket ball team to success, has sex with the the girl of his dreams and becomes the most popular guy in college, but he hankers to be normal again. How will it work out?
Content An awful lot of basket ball being played – badly. Some parties with dancing and dares involving people in underwear thrashing about in shaving foam. Interaction between the guy and his female friend, more or less unknowingly fancying each other.  Although alcohol is purchased none is seen being drunk, the sex is off screen and no-one smokes.
A View This film was held back in many places to allow Back to the Future be screened first, and it just seems to be comparatively so old fashioned. It could be something to do with the college students’ clothing which appears to be very conservative. It is not a lot of fun, but has the advantage of being very predictable, so you can watch it while doing something else.

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