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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Knowing your past can be the key to understanding your future.
Positive Role Models
John tries to help Cayden by explaining how he's connected to Lupine Ridge and revealing his complicated family history. Cayden cares enough about Angelina to protect her.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody and occasionally gory deaths (mostly between werewolves) include showing torn limbs, puddles of blood, and several dead bodies. Cayden rips at his girlfriend's top while they're making out; the romantic encounter quickly escalates into assault. The main character accidentally kills his parents. Some intense action on the football field early in the movie.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Cayden makes out with his girlfriend (before things get unintentionally violent); later he kisses and eventually has sex with another young woman -- a scene that's fairly long and shows lots of skin, touching, and rolling around.
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Occasional language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "p--y," and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink in bars and at meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wolves is a low-budget paranormal thriller about a high schooler who turns into a werewolf, accidentally kills his parents, and flees to a secret town full of other werewolves. There's quite a bit of violence (some of it gory and bloody, showing detached limbs and gaping, lethal wounds), a lingering sex scene or two (no full nudity but definitely enough to raise eyebrows), and strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole"). Lovers of the werewolf genre should consider this a guilty-pleasure pick, but those who were hoping it would be comparable to the likes of Twilight or MTV's Teen Wolf should stay away. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writer-director David Hayter shows a flicker of action-film potential with parts of this otherwise laughably silly werewolf tale. He knows how to make a low-budget production look a little more polished, with decent special effects, adequately shot action sequences, and OK performances from a semi-recognizable cast. Till (X-Men's Havoc) isn't without talent, and he certainly still looks the part of the alternately confused and cocky teen. But the plot is overly melodramatic with its soapy twists and revelations, and the script -- which seems plucked out of the brain of a 13-year-old boy (instead of a 13-year-old girl, like many other other paranormal stories) -- is ridiculous.
Wolves fails to capture the audience's attention long enough to make the "creepy town with a secret" meets "werewolf romance" meets "prodigal son" motifs interesting or the bloodline theme surprising. There's nothing wrong with watching a movie like this as a guilty pleasure, particularly for die-hard fans of the werewolf genre. But this isn't the kind of movie you remember, except for the fact that it reinforces the belief that Momoa may never get another role as impressive (or perfectly suited to him) as the Khal in Game of Thrones.
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