Teen Wolf: The Movie gives fans of the TV show a glimpse of these teen wolves, who are now teen adults. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Paramount+’s Teen Wolf: The Movie released on the streaming service this past weekend, January 27, 2023. The films resurrect the Banshees, Werecoyotes, Kitsunes, Shapeshifters, and Hellhounds from the popular TV series. The MTV series debuted over a decade ago and made the teen wolf story darker, edgier, and more like a CW series soap opera. Fans of the original series will enjoy seeing their favorite characters all grown up. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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Teen Wolf: The Movie Parents Guide
In Paramount+ TEEN WOLF THE MOVIE, a full moon rises in Beacon Hills and with it a terrifying evil has emerged. The wolves are howling once again, calling for the return of Banshees, Werecoyotes, Hellhounds, Kitsunes and every other shapeshifter in the night. But only a werewolf like Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), no longer a teenager yet still an Alpha, can gather both new allies and reunite trusted friends to fight back against what could be the most powerful and deadliest enemy they’ve ever faced.
Teen Wolf: The Movie Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch Teen Wolf: The Movie.
Language: Teen Wolf: The Movie contains strong language, with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: f*ck, sh*t, a**, d*mn, g-d d*mn, and hell.
Mature Content: Other than the language, the other biggest lookout in the film is the violence it contains. Characters are shown shooting guns and wielding swords; characters are killed, they evaporate, and there is even a scene that shows a character being burned alive. There is one nude scene that shows characters’ bare bottoms and implies sex, but there are no scenes of sex on camera. There is also the death of a parent, which could be triggering for some viewers.
Paramount+’s Teen Wolf: The Movie was written by the series creator, Jef Davis, so fans of the original series can expect the same tone as well as many of the same returning characters that were found in the TV show. Perhaps, at times, Davis attempts to bring back too many, making for some confusion for those who weren’t super fans of the original series. And for those who weren’t fans of the original show, or perhaps never even watched an episode of the TV series, they will be very confused as to the goings on in this film. The entire movie feels like another episode or two tacked on to the original TV series and is written to have breaks every 15 minutes, jumping from plot points like the show. On top of this, the movie is very long and tends to drag out at the end, making viewers question why this was made into a movie while it feels more like the final episode of the show.
Teen Wolf: The Movie definitely brings back all the nostalgia as the old cast returns and familiar storylines begin to form; however, those sentiments quickly wear off about halfway through when new characters come into play and unbelievable events and huge plot holes start to emerge. I believe one of the biggest missteps was not having Stiles in this remake, who was a beloved character in the series, and without him, many fans are left feeling like this movie is incomplete. While they did try to touch on why certain characters were missing, many of the other main characters from the show became side characters in this movie, and it just didn’t work. Perhaps this is the creators’ attempt to bring back the series with a new cast? If that’s the case, it would have been better to simply reboot the series in the same way that this film did, blending the old and the new. Especially given the film’s length of 149 minutes, and despite this length, the ending felt rushed.
Teen Wolf: The Movie is the film that should’ve never been made and really does a disservice to the fans of the decade-old series. The plot and script feel sloppy, the film itself seems rushed, and while fans may enjoy this little peak into the adult lives of the “teen wolf” story, it will only serve to frustrate them in the end.