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Teeth (Ws Sub) (2008)

A movie directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein

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Weixler is sinking her teeth into this role.

  • Sep 8, 2008
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This movie is more comedy then horror in my eyes. Seeing the previews months before hand I couldn't wait to grab hold of this and thanks to my Amazon friends who had already watched and rated this reminded me how anxious I wanted to see this. If films couldn't get any more bizarre imagine a strain of VD so powerful that one encounter with a carrier essentially kills you. The rub is that in this case, VD stands not for venereal disease but rather for the Latin " vagina dentata," e.g. "toothed vagina." If Russ Meyer had made this film, it would have been called Faster, Pussy! Kill! Kill! As it stands, the only real precursor to Teeth is a 2003 low-budget British comedy-horror film with the unlikely title of Penetration Angst.

That's certainly what some male viewers may feel after watching Teeth. The three main scenes of phallus interruptus leave nothing to the imagination and give a whole new meaning to the porn industry term `money shot.' Taken together, they add up to an experience that is tantamount to the "anti-date movie." Seriously, even if a female companion was hot to trot after the show, it's likely her male movie going pal would be too freaked out by all the slicing and dicing to take her up on it.

Unlike Fiona Horsey, the talented newcomer who has done nothing of note since the aforementioned Penetration Angst, the Juilliard grad star of Teeth, Jess Weixler, is already headed for bigger things. By sheer coincidence, today is the day casting was confirmed for the movie version of Peter and Vandy, Jay DiPietro's adaptation of his popular 2002 play of the same name. DiPietro co-starred as Peter, but in this case it's Jason Ritter who will have the honors opposite Weixler.

Teeth is very much a cult movie, a horror comedy to be devoured by thrill seeking genre fans. It's likely that Peter and Vandy will be more the kind of movie that really introduces Weixler to a wide audience, making good on the promise of her Special Jury Prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival ("For a juicy and jaw-dropping performance"). Still, her fearlessness in Teeth is to be commended. She dives into the role with abandon and is even willing for the sake of the film to do a revealing topless scene in this, her first major movie role.

Most people will know Weixler from a MasterCard TV commercial in which she plays a gal with a new job who, a la Mary Tyler Moore, skips about town while flaunting its features. The way things are taking shape, this Louisville, Kentucky native's real life debit account may also soon have her brimming with uptown energy.

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October 29, 2010
I see this review here now, milady. :)
November 18, 2010
This movie does brings a smile to my face.....hehehe
 
October 29, 2010
I certainly agree with you about Weixler. As I did in my review, you properly praise her performance. If this role had been tackled by a less skilled performer...it could have been darn near unwatchable.
November 18, 2010
I'm glad you feel the same ;-)
 
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TEETH is a satirical horror film that explores the mythology of vagina dentata (toothed vagina in latin), the myth created by men that plays on the fears of impotency. Supposedly, a "hero" must arise to return to the womb, his origins to conquer and neutralize the female's power. In this modern age, the film is more a comedic cautionary tale for men to take care in their treatment of women. While I have seen a very similar Japanese film in 2006, this film is a whole different experience …
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A coming-of-age tale with a twist,Teethtakes a novel approach towards teen sexual angst. Sunny blonde Dawn (Jess Weixler, a Meryl Streep in the making) promotes abstinence at her high school. Her mother (Vivienne Benesch) is terminally ill, her half-brother (Nip/Tuck's John Hensley) is a tattooed sociopath, and her stepfather (Lenny von Dohlen) does what he can to keep the household together. When Dawn meets doe-eyed transfer student Tobey (Hale Appleman), her celibacy vow is put to the test. Simultaneously, she starts to realize her anatomy differs from other girls. Though Dawn's Austin environs recall the serene suburbs ofDonnie Darko--except for the ominous smokestacks behind the family's ranch house--her secret power brings her closer in line withCarrie. It's a particularlyfemininecapability. When Carrie felt threatened, she used her mind as a weapon. In Dawn's case, a certain physical anomaly comes into play: the vagina dentata of ancient mythology (Camille Paglia, author ofSexual Personae, served as a consultant on the film). At first, Dawn has no control over the situation and, like De Palma's anti-heroine, she's horrified. But actor-turned-director Mitchell Lichtenstein (Ang Lee’sThe Wedding Banquet), son of artist Roy Lichtenstein, ends his debut on a very different note. Along the way, there's satiric humor, squirm-inducing gore, and a star-making turn from Weixler, recipient of a special prize at Sundance for her ...
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: January 18, 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Mitchell Lichtenstein
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: Weinstein Company
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