theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mitchell Lichtenstein|
|Written by||Mitchell Lichtenstein|
|Music by||Robert Miller|
|Editing by||Joe Landauer|
|Release dates||January 19, 2007|
|Running time||88 minutes|
Teeth is a 2007 comedy horror film written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein about a teenage girl who has teeth in her vagina. It premiered January 19, 2007, at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival in the independent drama category. It was released on DVD in the United States on May 6, 2007, by Dimension Extreme.
Dawn O’Keefe (Jess Weixler) is a teenage spokesperson for a Christian abstinence group, attended by her two friends, Alisha (Julia Garro) and Phil (Adam Wagner). One evening after a speech about the purity ring worn by members, she becomes enamored of Tobey (Hale Appleman). After swimming with her, Tobey attempts to rape Dawn, who inadvertently severs his penis with her vagina, and flees the scene. After her group's next meeting, she meets her classmate Ryan (Ashley Springer) at a dance.
Having seen a freshwater crab crawling on Tobey's severed penis, Dawn researches "vagina dentata" and visits a gynecologist, Dr. Godfrey (Josh Pais). When he manipulates her genitalia, her vagina severs four fingers from his right hand. While biking home, she is accosted by a police officer driving Tobey's car, and later sees the police obtaining Tobey's body and concluding that he died of shock. At home, her mother Kim O'Keefe (Vivienne Benesch) collapses; but Dawn's stepbrother Brad (John Hensley) and his girlfriend Melanie (Nicole Swahn) continue coitus undisturbed while she lies on the floor, whereafter Kim is taken to the hospital and later dies.
Dawn goes to Ryan and the two successfully mate. The following morning, Ryan boasts that he and a friend had bet on whether he could seduce Dawn, whereupon her vagina severs his penis, and she leaves him. At home, Dawn learns her mother has died, prompting her stepfather Bill (Lenny von Dohlen) to quarrel with Brad. In revenge, Dawn seduces her stepbrother and severs his penis, which his dog then consumes, spitting out the glans and genital piercing.
Dawn bicycles from home; but upon her tire sustaining a puncture, she hitchhikes with an old man (Doyle Carter), but falls asleep and wakes after nightfall. When he mimes to ask for a sexual favor to release her, Dawn hesitates, then displays a seductive smile, suggesting that she will castrate him purposely.
The film received mostly positive reviews from critics on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which reported that 79% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 66 reviews—with the consensus that the film is "smart, original, and horrifically funny." However, only 46% of viewers liked the film according to the website. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 57 out of 100, based on 22 reviews. Foundation artistic director at The Sundance Film Festival Mystelle Brabbée claimed it was "one of the most talked-about films at the Sundance Film Festival this year". Jess Weixler won the Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Performance (and tied with Tamara Podemski from the film Four Sheets to the Wind).
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- "2007 Sundance Film Festival award winners". The Salt Lake Tribune. 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2007-01-28.