Nature of the Beast

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Werewolf romance isn't really family friendly.
  • NR
  • 2007
  • 90 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

You can make a case for there being a take-away about love conquering all, but the movie isn't really about conveying any particularly strong positive messages to viewers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Julia is devoted to Rich and to finding a way to help him so they can be together, but characters also do a lot of iffy things -- including drinking too much and attacking humans.

Violence

Many scenes include gun use, and characters aim weapons at both humans and werewolves. A werewolf's bullet wounds heal instantly after he's shot. Snarling, slobbering werewolves hunt and attack humans, and a few scenes briefly show violent, bloody bites (throat, thigh). A mutilated raccoon is shown, and there's discussion of a man disfiguring corpses. A minor character is said to have died from an attack. Human-to-werewolf transformations include a lot of screaming and moaning. A woman stabs a werewolf, who bursts into flames and evaporates.

Sex

Several kissing scenes and references to sex (a couple talks about "being in the mood," a woman mentions orgasms, college guys talk about "getting laid," sex lives are discussed, etc.). In one scene, sex between an engaged couple is implied (they kiss, then it cuts to them in bed together). The size of werewolf genitals is discussed. An unmarried couple lives together.

Language

Fairly infrequent use of expletives like "ass," "bitch," "hell," and "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Two teens raid a man's personal belongings for potential drugs and take Wolfsbane, excitedly saying it's "bound to make you high." In a later scene, their drug use is implied as they talk about smoking away their problems and hallucinating. One scene also shows a group of friends drinking excessive amounts of beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this suspenseful made-for-TV movie includes occasionally bloody violence and multiple scenes of gun use. Frightening werewolves hunt and attack humans, biting them to pass along the curse or, in one case, devouring them altogether (the act isn't shown, but a character is said to have died this way). When humans shoot a werewolf to protect themselves, his wounds heal instantly without affecting him at all. There's drinking, references to drug use (two teens seek out herbs that will get them high), kissing scenes and allusions to sexual activity (including mention of orgasm and being "in the mood"), and some iffy language (mostly "hell," "ass," and "damn").

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Adult Written byNintendofan April 9, 2008

Do NOT let your kids see this

I saw the commercials advertising this movie as part of ABC family's thirteen days of halloween, and expected it to be a cute family friedly movie. I was s... Continue reading
Adult Written byDecent Guy April 9, 2008

Ouch - didn't see rating beforehand.

Have 3 kids - 11, 8, 5. I ASSUMED with it being ABC FAMILY that is was probably a safe scare. Wow - was I wrong. The kids got a kick out of the monster violenc... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Weeks before her wedding, starry-eyed Julia (Autumn Reeser) discovers that her fiancé, Rich (Eddie Kaye Thomas), is a werewolf, and his monthly excursions are his way of protecting others from his darker, more dangerous side. Instead of running for the hills, Julia sets her sights on finding a cure for his affliction. Despite his assurances that he can lead a normal life (with a few minor tweaks here and there), her research leads him to seek out the creature that bit him four years earlier; its death would free Rich from the curse he's under. But hunting the creature down and killing it proves to be more difficult -- and more personal -- than Rich could have imagined. In the end, it's Julia's devotion to her fiancé that's the deciding factor in whether he's able to conquer his inner demon.

Is it any good?

Rooted in legend and mysticism, Nature of the Beast is entertaining -- if at times a bit hokey -- but it's certainly not meant for tweens or younger/sensitive teens. Special effects make the human-to-werewolf transformations surprisingly seamless, and violence is at times both bloody and related to gun use. Snarling, vicious werewolves hunt and attack their victims (one of whom is said to have died); for one, bullet wounds instantly heal without lasting injury.

It's not really extreme enough to be considered "horror," but couple the violence with the movie's tense suspense, drinking/drug references, and language, and it's probably best reserved for sturdy teens and adults ... if you want to avoid the stuff that frightful dreams are made of.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of movies and TV shows based on folklore and legends. Do you enjoy stories about creatures like werewolves, ghosts, and vampires? Where do these stories come from? What are some of your other favorite legends? 

  • Do you think there's a difference in how people respond to realistic violence (war scenes, murder) and fantasy violence (werewolf attacks, futuristic laser battles)? Is one type more damaging than the other? Why or why not?

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