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Teeth

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Released 2006

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Director:
Mitchell Lichtenstein
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
Teeth is a 2007 thriller written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein. Dawn (Jess Weixler) is an outspoken member of her high school's chastity club and an overall good student. At home, she deals with her own issues with sexuality, a sick mother, and a twisted stepbrother. Life gets even more difficult when she starts spending time with Tobey (Hale Appleman), a boy from school she has a crush on. Unexpected violence causes Dawn to discover that her vagina has teeth. Scared and confused, Dawn tries to figure it out on her own and remembers a lesson from biology class about biological adaptations. She turns to Ryan (Ashley Springer) for support, but ends up hurt once again. Unsure of what to do and even more scared and confused than before, Dawn finally breaks down and goes to a doctor who doesn't know her parents. What happens to her that day changes her life forever.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Campy, shameless and sophisticated, Lichtenstein's debut is gutsy and original, and it makes "Juno" look positively tame by comparison.

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Teenage horror-movie spoof, John Waters parody, No Nukes protest movie, twisted sex-education film, quasi-feminist fable, outrageous stunt: Mitchell Lichtenstein's clever, crude co...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A game, disarming lead performance from Jess Weixler, who won a jury acting prize at Sundance, goes some way toward making palatable this mish-mash, whose provocative nature could ...

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    Comedy, Drama, Horror

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    Independent, Cult