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Cry Wolf

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Unoriginal teen horror has elitism, language, violence.

Movie PG-13 2005 90 minutes
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One of the glut of forgettable post-Scream slasher movies, this teen horror movie isn't so much a "whodunit?" as a "who's doing it?" Cry Wolf's interchangeable cast of students at an elite boarding school should, in theory, be bonded together as their lie about a campus serial killer turns into a reality. But the characters are all so cliched and self-regarding that it's hard to care or remember who's getting bumped off by a masked fictional murderer who's mysteriously come to life.

The central pairing of Owen (Julian Morris) and Dodger (Lindy Booth) are effectively a couple of fish out of water. But the script keeps their emotional connection in the shallow end throughout. Exposition and backstory also get hacked through along the way, leaving us none the wiser about what this cast might've done with a plot that had some originality. The closest we get to a real surprise is seeing Jon Bon Jovi giving love a bad name by playing a predatory journalism teacher, swapping his rock star denim and leather for spectacles and a sweater vest. So, despite occasionally mustering some intrigue, Cry Wolf remains a howling disappointment.

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