Sundance Review: Teeth
by Alex Billington
January 23, 2007
This new horror-drama-comedy to come out of Sundance directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein, Teeth, has already been picked up in a co-purchase from Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company and hopefully will be hitting theaters for the whole world to see sometime soon. For those that don't already know, it's a coming of age story about high schooler Dawn (Jess Weixler) who learns she has a toothed vagina - and then learns how to take advantage of this unique physical feature. Teeth is a classic in the making that will set new bounds of "perversity" and yet establish a new premise in the film industry. It's filmmaking at its finest with odd scenes of entertainment, hilarity, and horror all in one.
This is one of the only great movies in recent history that you can shriek in utter fear and laugh uncontrollably all at the same time. It's entirely awkward yet somehow works, due to the expertise of first-time director Mitchell Lichtenstein. There is comical perfection conveyed with the utmost subtlety by every last cast member. My only fear is it will be tough to get to an R rating but is indefinitely worth seeing. The only issue was that the ending was not as fulfilling as the majority of the content, but that can easily be overlooked after you've enjoyed how great this little known independent horror comedy is.