April 3rd, 2008



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Still of Jess Weixler in TeethStill of Jess Weixler in TeethLaila Liliana at event of TeethMitchell Lichtenstein in TeethStill of Jess Weixler in TeethStill of John Hensley in Teeth

Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 5.7/10 (18,109 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein

Stars: Jess Weixler, John Hensley, Josh Pais

Dawn grows up in the shadow of a nuclear power plant. In high school, while her biology class studies evolution, she realizes she may have a hidden curse, an "adaptation." She lives with her mom, step-father, and hard-edged step-brother. She likes Tobey, a guy at school, and he likes her. She takes a pledge to remain chaste until marriage, so they date in groups, watch G-rated films, and don't kiss, but the power of teen hormones is great, so temptation beckons. Dawn has an admirer in Ryan, and when she breaks it off unexpectedly with Tobey, she turns to Ryan for help. Will he be her mythical hero and rescue her? Or can she find her way as her own hero, turning the curse into an asset?

Jess Weixler - Dawn
John Hensley - Brad
Josh Pais - Dr. Godfrey
Hale Appleman - Tobey
Lenny von Dohlen - Bill
Vivienne Benesch - Kim
Ashley Springer - Ryan
Laila Liliana - Gwen (as Julia Garro)
Nicole Swahn - Melanie
Adam Wagner - Phil
Hunter Ulvog - Little Brad
Ava Ryen Plumb - Little Dawn
Trent Moore - Mr. Vincent
Mike Yager - Elliot
Nathan Parsons - Soda Spritzer

Taglines: Every rose has its thorns.


Official Website: Official site | TFM Distribution [France] |

Release Date: 3 April 2008

Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA

Opening Weekend: $36,530 (USA) (20 January 2008) (4 Screens)

Gross: $347,578 (USA) (8 March 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

During the filming of the first scene, many of the neighbors were protesting the film because they believed it to be a pornographic film.

Continuity: When Ryan is pouring Dawn a glass of champagne, the foam appears to be filling half the glass. When he hands her the glass, it has instantly dissipated. When he pours his own glass, it takes much longer for the foam to dissipate.

[first lines]
Bill: Hey Brad, don't splash your sister.

User Review

A True Horror/Comedy

Rating: 9/10

If all you know about 'Teeth' is the premise, you probably think it's a typical B horror film. In fact, this movie is very good and very fun. I don't mean so-bad-it's-good, I mean good.

The key is that the movie is restrained. You get the shots that will make you cringe--the filmmakers don't skimp on the juicy stuff--but nothing outrageous. More importantly, 'Teeth' is well acted and written. In some indie films, the dialogue is so bad it's distracting. Not this one. In fact, movies in this genre can go overboard at almost any point--a rogue scientist arriving to explain everything, buckets of blood, or just a scene that goes too far and makes you laugh instead of scream. 'Teeth' deftly avoids the pitfalls. It is scary, funny, and never too much, at least not for me.

This movie isn't an Oscar-worthy drama, but it could be a cult classic. I, for one, left the theatre with my money's worth and then some.


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