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Teeth (Ws Sub) (2008)

A movie directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein

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Disturbing Yet Intelligent

  • Jun 23, 2008
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There's not much you can really say about this film to try and justify its content, it's simply a film about a girl who took a vow of abstinence but through a bad incident with a boy she discovers that her vagina has teeth and accidentally castrates the boy. I can't really go into detail about the film as it is of a very explicit nature but the myth of vaginas having teeth is bigger than most people will first know. It's actually called Vagina Dentata and is a mythology based on female empowerment, and although there have never been literal medical cases of toothed vaginas, it's a very literal mythology and something that a lot of remote cultures still hold this myth to be true.

The whole movie is something that doesn't hold back, after all when you're making a movie about a girl with a toothed vagina you can't really hold back too much in what you show. Most will really put down this film without thinking too much about the actual content itself. From the start of the film this is simply a film about sexuality as a whole and how, even those who have taken an oath of abstinence have the sexual temptation and how they may not be able to resist that temptation. It actually gives us a true image of how men and women actually see sex and sexuality in quite a similar way, it puts up a mirror to our society and shows that although in public we may say something differently, we actually all have the same urges and temptations. This is also a film about respect and boundaries and the result of the sex scenes in this movie with the castration element, I can imagine a lot of men will think twice before they disrespect women in a sexual way.

With the intelligence of it, there's also a bit of a "that's a bit too much" element to it and although with a movie like this you have to have the graphic scenes, there were points when you felt certain elements were unnecessary and were simply there for gross out value. It's a good movie overall and is something that I think some people should at least give a chance to.

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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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