Wednesday, October 10, 2012


"Every rose has its thorns" and with teeth, ain't that the truth. Mithell Lichtenstein's gruesome cautionary tale is one of the most well done dark comedies that I've ever come across! The writing is superb and the acting, superior! Jess Weixler manages to juxtapose ingenue and temptress in her beautiful performance as our young protagonist. What kills me with this film is how many an audience felt her condition was a curse -- truly I think it a gift considering how many men tried to abuse her sexually (and the script really is well done seeing as how it didn't induce that awful barf-in-your-mouth, close-your-eyes, and wait-for-it-to-be-over feeling that so many sexual assault films do, instead, we end up rooting for her to fight back and give her assailants what they deserve). Unapologetic in its nature, I will not recommend this film to those who shy away from grotesque, lurid, and vividly graphic scenes. Incredibly tongue-in-cheek, Teeth has all the requirements for a cult classic.

High school student Dawn works hard at suppressing her budding sexuality by being the local chastity group's most active participant. Her task is made even more difficult by her bad boy stepbrother Brad's increasingly provocative behavior at home. A stranger to her own body, innocent Dawn discovers she has a toothed vagina when she becomes the object of violence. As she struggles to comprehend her anatomical uniqueness, Dawn experiences both the pitfalls and the power of being a living example of the vagina dentata myth.