The Boy Who Cried Werewolf

  • Review Date: October 23, 2010
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 86 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Cute family flick isn't too hair-raising for tweens.
  • Review Date: October 23, 2010
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 86 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie intends to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some positive take-away messages about unlocking inner strength and leaning on family when times get tough.

Positive messages

The movie celebrates themes like self-esteem, loyalty, and family ties. Kids see an awkward teen girl use adversity to blossom into a strong, self-confident beauty. Some bullies pick on Jordan and steal her lunch money, and a seeming friend turns foe late in the story, but these incidents underscore her transformation by the movie’s end.

Positive role models

Jordan and Hunter are friends as well as siblings, and they prove that they would do anything for each other. Their father is skeptical about much of what they tell him, but when he learns the truth, he risks his own life to save his kids.

Violence & scariness

A handful of fistfights don’t result in injuries of any kind, but teens are kidnapped and their lives are threatened by a group of vampires. Multiple scary scenes include sudden noises, people jumping out in front of unsuspecting victims, werewolves chasing people, and the like. Main characters transform in and out of werewolf form, which is impossible to mistake for real life, but might scare young kids. A woman points a gun at Jordan in werewolf form, but she’s distracted before she can pull the trigger.

Sexy stuff

One brief kiss, and a developing relationship between teens, but nothing physical. Girls refer to a teen classmate as a “hottie.”

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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy starring Nickelodeon leading lady Victoria Justice is a great fit for tweens, since it’s got the feel of a scary movie without any real fright. There are a few startling moments and some mild peril, but the movie’s outcome is never really in doubt, so tweens shouldn’t suffer any ill effects from tuning in. On the plus side, Jordan’s transformation from perpetual awkwardness to self-confidence has some good take-away messages for tweens about turning life’s challenges into learning opportunities.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Times have been tough for Jordan (Victoria Justice) and Hunter Sands (Chase Ellison) since their mom passed away, and the financial and emotional stress is starting to wear on their devoted father, David (Matt Winston). Facing possible foreclosure on their home, David is cautiously optimistic about a mysterious package that claims they’ve inherited a Romanian castle from a long-lost relative none of them knew. He and the kids head off to Romania to settle the estate, but soon after they arrive, Jordan accidentally exposes herself to werewolf DNA and transforms into the hideous beast. The monstrous changes are an inconvenience, to be sure, but they also unlock a whole new confident side to the typically awkward Jordan’s personality. It’s up to Hunter -- and the severe Madame Varcolac (Brooke Shields) to concoct an antidote in time to save Jordan's future.

Is it any good?

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Perfect for Halloween, this cute movie is sure to delight young thrill-seekers everywhere with its blend of comedy and drama. Nickelodeon’s own Victoria Justice is thoroughly convincing as the unpopular girl in school at the movie’s start, and her evolution to the ultra-confident teen beauty has surprisingly positive messages about self-esteem and inner strength for her young fans tuning in. What’s more, Jordan learns a weighty lesson in teen infatuation as well when her Romanian suitor reminds her that her true personality is the one he most likes.

As for content, THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF is very light on the iffy stuff, putting it more in the favor of those tweens -- even young ones -- who show an interest. There’s no swearing, the Sands evoke a positive family structure, and very little of the suspenseful content could really be deemed “scary.” In truth, one of the scariest aspects of it is Madame Varcolov, masterfully portrayed by Shields, and guessing at the nature of her true motivations. In other words, it’s a fun, mildly spooky movie that’s just right for transitional tweens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about scary movies. Do you like to be scared by TV shows and movies? Which ones have you seen that were very scary? Which ones weren’t? What contributes to a movie being scary?

  • Tweens: What kinds of legends surround mythical creatures like werewolves? Where do these kinds of stories originate? Do you think there’s any truth to them? Which legends have you heard that you find most credible? Least credible?

  • Tweens: How would you rate your self-image? What factors contribute to the way you feel about yourself? How does overcoming a challenge affect your impression?

Movie details

DVD release date:November 8, 2013
Cast:Brooke Shields, Chase Ellison, Victoria Justice
Director:Eric Bross
Studio:Nickelodeon
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Run time:86 minutes
MPAA rating:PG

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Parent of a 8 year old Written byrandy barnes January 11, 2011
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What other families should know
Too much violence
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Great role models
Kid, 9 years old November 1, 2010
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Might Be Scary

I like the movie but little kids could get scared.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old July 26, 2013
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9
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Love it but in the scene when the door of the castle closes he said s**t
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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