The Boy Who Cried Werewolf

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Cute family flick isn't too hair-raising for tweens.
  • PG
  • 2013
  • 86 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & representations

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.”

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 8 year old Written byrandy barnes January 11, 2011
Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written bylaurissa503 October 26, 2010

Great for tweens, but not younger

I get why this is G-rated technically, but it's much scarier than most G-rated content. I think it'd be great for older kids who want to see a scary m... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 1, 2010

Might Be Scary

I like the movie but little kids could get scared.
Kid, 12 years old June 7, 2014

Great

I remember when I used to watch this! They showed this on November, October, pretty much on Nickelodeon. I liked how the animated the werewolves, however I don... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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