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Old April 17 2011, 03:05 AM   #1
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Teeth

So I'm poking through Netflix on PS3 when I see an... interesting looking movie and description in the Horror genre:

Teeth:

When virtuous high school student Dawn (Jess Weixler) becomes the victim of a sexual assault, she discovers that she has an unexpected line of defense: a toothed vagina. But coming to terms with the novelty of her anatomical anomaly might be easier said than done. John Hensley, Hale Appleman and Josh Pais co-star in director Mitchell Lichtenstein's provocative feminist horror flick that gives girl power a whole new meaning.
So, naturally, I was interested and plan to give the movie a look.

Anyone here ever seen or heard of this movie?
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Old April 17 2011, 03:17 AM   #2
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Yeah, it's a decent little black humor movie. It has horror elements but it certainly isn't a monster movie or anything. I liked it.
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Old April 17 2011, 03:30 AM   #3
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I actually watched this movie. It wasn't terrible. It wasn't great either.
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Old April 17 2011, 04:01 AM   #4
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Well, if I was supposed to like Sucker Punch based on message alone, this sounds like a heaps better movie.
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Old April 17 2011, 04:05 AM   #5
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I'm a little more than 30 minutes into the movie. Black Comedy? I dunno. Black Comedies know they're comedies. This movie is just a fucked-up "horror" but it's like on the lowest end of the spectrum.

I'm liking it but mostly on the fucked-up premise.

But does it ever have a feminist message in it!
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Old April 17 2011, 04:43 AM   #6
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I dunno, I thought it was pretty funny... the OBGYN scene seemed obviously intended for laughs. Decent enough flick. I watched it one night with a couple friends when we were bored, and none of us felt like we'd wasted our time. But I don't think it'll be any great classic.
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Old April 17 2011, 04:53 AM   #7
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I dunno, I thought it was pretty funny... the OBGYN scene seemed obviously intended for laughs. Decent enough flick. I watched it one night with a couple friends when we were bored, and none of us felt like we'd wasted our time. But I don't think it'll be any great classic.
Well it was "funny" sure, but my feeling with "black comedies" is that they know they're comedies and play that angle in a "dark" way. This movie, I think it was trying to be "serious" but just didn't quite pull it off. But, yeah, it was fun little waste-of-time movie.
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Old April 17 2011, 04:54 AM   #8
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It made me gay.

True story.
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Old April 17 2011, 04:58 AM   #9
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I love the movie. I mean... vagina dentata can't be taken seriously.
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Old April 17 2011, 06:01 AM   #10
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Haven't seen it, but I'm intrigued by the promise of biting social satire...

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Old April 17 2011, 06:11 AM   #11
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I really, really liked this movie. Usually I refuse to see a movie until I've read up on it a lot beforehand, because I'm so afraid of wasting time watching a movie I don't like when there are so many classics I need to see. I made an exception for this one because it was sort of forced on me.

I was with a friend at another friend's house and he asked us to watch it with him, so I decided to give it a shot since I hadn't heard anything bad (or good) about it. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was a very cool and original horror comedy (we don't get many of those these days, at least not that I'm aware of), and I fully expected it to gain a cult following, at which point I could proudly say I knew about it before it was cool.

Four years later, I'm disappointed that it seems to be toiling in relative obscurity. Oddly enough, it is not (as I had suspected) the work of an up-and-coming young director, but rather a 50 year old guy directing his first full-length movie. I wonder if it would be better known if it had been done by an ambitious young filmmaker who could be prolific making flicks year after year since.

Two last things I want to mention - first, how impressed I was by the female lead, who reminded me of a young Drew Barrymore. I really thought she'd go places after I saw this. Second, I loved the ending. It was like a great, darkly humourous punchline that the whole movie had built up to.
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Old April 17 2011, 09:14 AM   #12
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I love the movie. I mean... vagina dentata can't be taken seriously.
Yeah, "Vagina Dentata" was also the least successful album that The Police ever released.

At least this movie sounds like it has a message, which is more than can be said for The Human Caterpillar. I have no desire to watch either of them, 'though. Life's too short.
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Old April 17 2011, 10:55 AM   #13
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Old April 17 2011, 11:26 AM   #14
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I really, really liked this movie. Usually I refuse to see a movie until I've read up on it a lot beforehand, because I'm so afraid of wasting time watching a movie I don't like when there are so many classics I need to see. I made an exception for this one because it was sort of forced on me.

I was with a friend at another friend's house and he asked us to watch it with him, so I decided to give it a shot since I hadn't heard anything bad (or good) about it. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was a very cool and original horror comedy (we don't get many of those these days, at least not that I'm aware of), and I fully expected it to gain a cult following, at which point I could proudly say I knew about it before it was cool.

Four years later, I'm disappointed that it seems to be toiling in relative obscurity. Oddly enough, it is not (as I had suspected) the work of an up-and-coming young director, but rather a 50 year old guy directing his first full-length movie. I wonder if it would be better known if it had been done by an ambitious young filmmaker who could be prolific making flicks year after year since.

Two last things I want to mention - first, how impressed I was by the female lead, who reminded me of a young Drew Barrymore. I really thought she'd go places after I saw this. Second, I loved the ending. It was like a great, darkly humourous punchline that the whole movie had built up to.
The ending seemed keeping in line with the whole "men are all sex-seeking perverts" thing as every man she encounters in the movie uses or manipulates her in some way just to get into her pants. Even the doctor exploited his position over her. (I find it hard to believe, however, that she made through puberty without ever having a pelvic exam, something I suspect is common for young girls to get at some point when growing up.)

But whatever, it was fun. I liked it when she was sleeping with the guy she actually liked -thinking sleeping with a man she liked would get rid of the teeth or something- only to find out he was bragging about scoring with her and had a bet on it as well she finds this out as she's riding him so she just "bites" him while giving him a cross look. Heh.

Fun movie, won't likely ever watch it again but I liked it. I don't think it's lack of being a cult-classic yet is a sign of anything with some movies it can take time for that to happen. I don't know when it became available on Netflix's OD service but if it was recent that should give the movie a boost in viewership.
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Old April 17 2011, 02:46 PM   #15
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We've had a few threads on this movie. I haven't seen it, but I'd like to. Love the poster...



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I love the movie. I mean... vagina dentata can't be taken seriously.
Apparently it is a real problem, but not in the "vagina monster" way that a lot of horror movies portray it.
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