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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid all the chaos and fighting is an underlying theme about the gas pipeline: Half of the characters want to install the pipe and take the buyout (considering money above anything else); the other half are worried about what will happen to the environment. Movie invites viewers to weigh the two options.
Positive Role Models
Finn learns to find his courage and sense of self while becoming a leader and never losing sight of his innate kindness. ("You're too NICE!" one character shouts at him.) Our first view of him shows him vainly trying to appease his unseen but unforgiving soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend, but he soon becomes his own person. He also offers a positive diverse representation. But two supporting LGBTQ+ characters veer into stereotype territory.
Violence & Scariness
Gory, mutilated corpse. Hand bitten off. Guns and shooting. Bullet wounds. Bloody wounds. Jump scares. Hitting with shovel. Knife. Fire poker. Stabbing. Dart in chest. Biting. Fighting, slashing. Person grabbed, whipped around by unseen monster. Character hit by car. Explosion. Ax-throwing game in bar.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman dances in a revealing tank top. Kissing. Phallic-looking sculpture. Character makes a sexual gesture. Dialogue about touching someone's bottom.
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Uses of "f--k," "f--king," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "damn," "ass," "balls," "whore," "crap," "hell," "dildo," "grow a pair," and "blow me," plus exclamatory use of "Jesus."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character pours liquor from flask into coffee. Dialogue about drinking wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Werewolves Within is a video game-based horror-comedy-mystery about a group of characters in a snowy small town with a werewolf on the loose, and it could be any one of them! Violence includes a gory corpse, bloody wounds, fighting, biting, stabbing, guns and shooting, characters hit with blunt objects, etc. Language is also very strong, with many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and more. There are sexual references, sexual gestures, and kissing. A character pours liquor from a flask into his coffee, and there's some dialogue about drinking. It's quirky but fun, and the two main characters are well-written and performed, with some positive representation (although unfortunately also some stereotyping). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Recapturing the specific brand of left-field, self-aware, oddball humor of his feature debut Scare Me, director Josh Ruben improves his game with this tricky, character-rich horror-comedy-mystery. Fairly light on scares and gore, Werewolves Within is really more along the lines of something like Clue or Knives Out. Richardson, of Veep and Detroiters, makes a wonderful character here: kind (he quotes Mr. Rogers!), a little dominated by his unseen, soon-to-be-ex girlfriend, and really working hard to find his courage and leadership abilities. He's perfectly matched with Vayntrub, of This Is Us and dozens of AT&T television ads, as a lovable, observant, and strong-willed partner; their chemistry is strong and instant.
The movie's humor -- such as Finn's repeated use of "heavens to Betsy" and his affinity for snowshoes -- comes in rather sideways, and it may not seem very funny in the moment, but it's the kind of humor that sneaks up on you, and, like Clue, will be funnier in subsequent viewings. The supporting characters are introduced as "types" with one or two personality traits, but Ruben and writer Mishna Wolff smooth out everything into a cohesive tapestry of weirdness, with each character nicely balancing the others. Werewolves Within eventually devolves into the usual bloody free-for-all showdown following the big reveal, but it still retains its cleverness.
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