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Teen Wolf Too

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Michael Landon was the "original" teenage werewolf in the fifties cult horror film "I Was A Teenage Werewolf". Jason Bateman played Landon's (adopted) son on "Little House and the Prairie".



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Teen Wolf Too: The culmination of years of hard script writing and obtaining the most popular teen actor in movies today… hold on, wrong movie- well sort of.

Teen Wolf Too is the story of Todd Howard (Jason Bateman) - the cousin of Scott Howard, the very first Teen Wolf (played by Michael J. Fox) - and his first foray into college life.

Surprised at first about how he got a full-ride athletic scholarship to Hamilton University when “the closest he’s been to the athletic field was playing clarinet in the high school marching band.” Soon he realizes that the boxing coach offered him the scholarship based upon the assumption that he was a werewolf just like his cousin Scott, whom Coach Finstock also coached in basketball.

Absolutely positive that the werewolf gene doesn’t run in his family, Todd totally ignores the warning from wise Uncle Harold (reprised by James Hampton) and tells Coach Finstock that he’s got the wrong guy.

Shortly thereafter, he meets Nicki- a cute nice girl (strangely similar to Boof in Teen Wolf) and they start getting involved romantically.

Soon Todd finds himself in the same situation as Scott did- raging, teenage hormones hit when he starts dancing with the most popular girl in school, and he turns into the wolf (more of a dog or chipmunk in TWT). At first, he’s the laughing stock of the entire school, as he gets fleas placed on him and Dog signs on his door.

At the first boxing match of the year, however, he “wolfs out” and starts kicking butt. Next follows a killer dance scene where he’s the life of the party and everyone loves him. Then, the familiar Wolf montage as he gets the girls, the grades, the Dean’s Corvette, and beats the other team like any good Teen Wolf would.

As the year goes on, Todd realizes what the wolf has made him as he loses his friends, his girl, and his self respect. He tries to study hard and get back on track for his last final, all the while balancing whether to fight his last bout as the Wolf or Todd with pressure from all sides (including the menacing Dean Dunn).

Todd has one night to cram for his big test, and then win his last match- but can he make it?

Guess you’re just gonna have to find out yourself (or you could just watch Teen Wolf one and replace the word basketball with boxing gloves).

Verdict?

All the things that made Teen Wolf a pure 80’s classic - the low budget appeal, the charming performances by Michael J. Fox and several other cast members- are mindlessly regurgitated into this second rate sequel. At times, the dialogue is exactly the same as in Teen Wolf, as when Todd has to threaten the administrator with his glowing red eyes so he can switch classes.

Another misstep in the film making process was the lack of returning actors. They still had the Stiles and Coach Finstock characters in the movie, although played by totally different actors (Stiles magically changed race), and it just didn’t work. Although James Hampton and Mark Holton reprise their roles as Uncle Harold and Chubby, respectively, even their characters aren’t as charismatic.

This film does have a classic 80s soundtrack though, with Oingo Boingo’s “Who Do You Want To Be” leading the montage and “Send Me and Angel” by Real Life headlining the study session, among others.

You do get some laughs out of the film, although most are unintentional. The boxing matches are hilarious, and they end even better. Sometimes the ref will give a 3 count, other times it’s a 10 count, still other times it’s just over right away. In the final match, Todd gets a count of ten to get up, while his opponent is given only three. It’s also amazing how Todd can stay in and box every weight class for the whole team…

Add the fact that several actors said that this was one of the least pleasant experiences of their lives, and the movie doesn’t get much worse.

The whole movie just comes off as a sorry excuse to try to make some money on the success of Teen Wolf and push Jason Bateman as the second Michael J. Fox. Only, and only if, you love Teen Wolf should you pick this up…on second thought it might ruin the movie for you, so only view if you’re going to go Mystery Science Theatre 3000 on it.

Notice any mistakes? Review

Strengths: Good, solid 80s soundtrack
Not so terrible performance from Mark Holton returing as Chubby

Weaknesses? Wow..thats all I have to say about the acting
Plot exactly like Teen Wolf one
Laughable boxing scenes

Our rating: 6 out of 10


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Teen Wolf Too