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(1997) (Tom Everett Scott, Julie Delpy) (R)

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Horror: A young man must deal with the fact that he's now cursed with being a werewolf.
Andy McDermott (TOM EVERETT SCOTT) and his friends Brad (VINCE VIELUF) and Chris (PHIL BUCKMAN) are headed to Paris to continue their daredevil extreme sports activities. Perched atop the Eiffel Tower late at night, Andy bungee jumps not for the thrill of it, but to save Serafine (JULIE DELPY), a beautiful young woman who's made a suicidal plunge. Mesmerized by her from that point on, Andy tries to get to know her better, but she's reluctant to let him get close to her. The reason, of course, is that she's a werewolf.

Late one night at a party hosted by head werewolf Claude (PIERRE COSS0), Brad is killed and Andy is bitten, thus ensuring that he'll also now become a werewolf. After he kills Amy (JULIE BOWEN), another visiting American, Andy is haunted by visits from her and Brad, both seen in states of continual decomposition. While a Parisian officer, Inspector DeLuc (TOM NOVEMBRE), investigates the many grisly murders, Andy learns of Claude's plans to create a superior race of werewolves. From that point on, he and Serafine do what they can to stop Claude as well as end their own curses.

Anyone who was a kid for the original is now an adult, so the "sequel" status won't draw in any of today's kids. Some teens, however, may be familiar with the movie from home video, and thus may want to see it, as will fans of horror or monster films.
For werewolf/violence and gore, and for some sexuality/nudity.
  • TOM EVERETT SCOTT plays an unassuming young man (an avid bungee jumper) who unfortunately is bitten by a werewolf and becomes one himself, and kills while in that state.
  • The rest of the cast play werewolves or non-consequential characters and thus are either neutral, unrealistic, or bad role models.


    OUR TAKE: 2 out of 10
    Werewolf movies have been a staple of Hollywood film making for decades. From an early 1913 silent short, "The Werewolf," to arguably the best version, 1941's "The Wolf Man" (featuring Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bela Lugosi) and through both Michael Landon ("I Was A Teenage Werewolf") and Michael J. Fox ("Teen Wolf"), audiences have been frightened or amused by the full moon transformation. The problem for most of the movies, however, was that the transformation always looked faked. A variety of camera tricks were used to change man into beast, but it almost always looked hokey (although at the time some of those tricks were amazing to behold).

    Then in 1981 along came "An American Werewolf in London," a hip retelling of the classic story that used tremendous groundbreaking special effects. Director John Landis wanted to update the genre with a touch of black humor and the results were a fun mix of frights and laughs. A cult classic, the film won a Best Makeup Academy Award for Rick Baker's werewolf effects where audiences saw a real-time transformation for the first time.

    Now sixteen years later, the "sequel" finally arrives. Baker's inflatable masks and costumes have been mostly replaced by computer generated effects, the setting has been moved to Paris, and the quality has greatly diminished. Essentially yanking the plot from the original and adding in a few, unimaginative changes, this is clearly a "B" movie. Unfortunately, it's not a bad enough "B" movie to rate it as one of the "best" where it actually becomes fun due to its awfulness.

    At least the first film had Landis as its director. While he's certainly no David Lean (the director of "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Bridge on the River Kwai" for those who didn't get the reference), he's made a few decent movies ("Trading Places") and at least has a lot of experience making mainstream films. For this film we get Anthony Waller, the acclaimed director of 1994's Award Winning "Mute Witness." (Please note the sarcasm) Added to this feature's impressive team are writers Tim Burns (of 1994's "Freaked" fame) and Tom Sturn (who directed "Freaked"). With an impressive array of talent like that, how can you not be surprised by how this film turned out? (Yes, even more sarcasm).

    Whereas Landis delivered a clever, imaginative take on the genre, these guys have dished up a heaping of cold seconds that look like the original, but certainly don't taste as good. It's not so bad right from the get-go, however, and there's a fun sequence where the main character bungee jumps from the Eiffel Tower to save a suicidal woman. A few of the initial characters are fun, but once Waller begins regurgitating material from the original, all of the fun quickly evaporates. Sure, I understand most sequels copy material from the first film, but it certainly doesn't mean they're good just for doing so.

    Tom Everett Scott, who made such an impressive film debut in 1996's "That Thing You Do," must be embarrassed by following up that decent film with this piece of flotsam. One can only hope that appearing in this film was a contractual obligation he couldn't get out of, or at least wasn't a conscious, informed decision. While he has a few funny moments, he's essentially playing Guy Patterson as if the Oneders rock and roll tour were visiting Paris where he gets bitten by a werewolf (this film even includes a scene straight out of the first movie where Scott wears sunglasses indoors to be "cool").

    The rest of the cast is made up of a wide assortment of unknown performers who've appeared in bit parts or other "B" movies. Delivering what's normally expected in such a film, their performances are quickly forgotten once the end credits roll. The "B" movie status is further strengthened by moments such as when Serafine tells Andy, "Ease my pain -- eat my heart," where you'll hardly be able to restrain yourself from howling at the screen. Added to that is an inane subplot about a group of werewolves who want to organize into a "superior race" of such creatures, and the often sloppy film making and the low budget appearance. While the creature special effects are okay, they often don't matte (seamlessly fit) into their backgrounds, as thus lose most of their impact.

    Whereas the first film had some genuinely spooky moments, this one is rather bland and has substituted a nonstop alternative/rock music soundtrack for most of the more traditional chords of scary music. While this film will probably appeal and somewhat entertain its core audience of male teenagers, it won't gain anything of a crossover audience and certainly won't rake in the bucks like the recent "Scream 2" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer." If you're looking for a fun, imaginative take on the traditional werewolf movie, go back and rent the original 1981 film. It's better in every way than this lame, bland sequel. We give "An American Werewolf in Paris" a 2 out of 10.

    As in any werewolf movie, the appearance and violent actions of the creatures may be scary to very young viewers. Several people are attacked and killed by the werewolves, and some of them in turn are shot, but most of the violence is muted or seen from a distance. The resulting wounds, however, are graphically grisly and bloody. Additionally, some "alive" corpses are quite gory looking and continually decompose as the story progresses.

    There is some nudity (bare breasts) and a few mild sexual encounters that are interrupted before anything too steamy occurs. Surprisingly there's not much profanity, and there's only mild smoking and drinking. ON A SPECIAL NOTE, there is a scene in a bar where we see a strobe- like effect that should be noted for those concerned with seizure-inducing moments. Since some teens will probably want to see this film, we suggest that you look through the material before allowing them to go.

  • Andy and his friends drink wine on a train bound for Paris.
  • Andy's friends drink wine on top of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Andy and friends have drinks in a bar as do other people.
  • Andy and Amy drink in a restaurant and she appears to be drunk.
  • A surgeon has a little bit of blood on his apron.
  • Andy notices that Serafine's hands are a bit blood-covered.
  • Andy's nose is a bit bloody.
  • Brad's body falls into some water and we see blood mixing with the water.
  • Serafine takes several bloody body organs and blends them into a liquid in a blender.
  • We see a mild graphic wound on Andy's leg.
  • We see Serafine's mother's partially decomposed (but "alive") body (pretty gross looking). Later we see the same of Brad and Amy (with both continually decomposing and showing the grisly wounds from the werewolf attacks).
  • The police bag a bloody, severed arm and we then see more severed body parts.
  • Andy sees Brad's severed head on a restaurant platter.
  • Andy has a slightly bloody wound from where Claude cut him.
  • Amy (as a dead person) tries to whistle by putting her fingers in her mouth, but blood squirts out of her cheek instead. Moments later, her eyeball falls out and dangles on her other cheek.
  • During another attack scene, blood squirts onto several candles.
  • We see several more victims or dead has-been werewolves who are bloody.
  • We see more blood splattering onto windows during a final fight scene and then see a werewolf eating and swallowing a man's heart.
  • Andy and his friends sneak into and up the Eiffel Tower after it's closed to the public so that Andy can bungee jump from the top.
  • Obviously the werewolves have both, but usually they're just acting on animal instinct. Claude, on the other hand, knowingly draws unsuspecting victims into his "lair," knowing he'll turn into a werewolf and kill them and/or turn them into werewolves for his "superior werewolf race."
  • Preteens will probably find many of the scenes scary, whereas teens and adults will find them marginally so.
  • Some scenes listed under "Violence" may also be frightening to some viewers.
  • Serafine's father is pulled down through a street gate in a Parisian plaza.
  • Serafine jumps from the Eiffel Tower and Andy, tied to a bungee cord, essentially falls after her. As they race toward the ground, he grabs her foot.
  • Younger kids might be scared by the transformation from person into werewolf (seen many times) as well as the appearance of the several dead and decomposed people who follow Andy around.
  • There are several scenes where the werewolves pursue characters through dimly lit tunnels and/or are attacked in them.
  • There's a long scene in a cemetery where Andy the werewolf chases Amy.
  • Handguns: Fired by the police at the werewolves as well as Andy.
  • Handguns: Fired by Andy at the werewolves.
  • Knife: Used by Claude to threaten and slightly cut Andy.
  • Phrases: "Douche Bags," "Balls" (testicles), "Boink" (sexual), "Freak," "Bimbo," "Screwed up," "Nut ball" (crazy), "Jerk," and "Bastard."
  • Andy and his friends sneak into and up the Eiffel Tower after it's closed to the public so that Andy can bungee jump from the top.
  • Serafine tries to commit suicide by jumping from the Eiffel Tower.
  • Andy sees a man urinating in a tunnel staircase.
  • Andy picks a piece of meat in a restaurant and eats it with his hands (due to the animal in him).
  • Serafine pours gasoline in a tunnel and lights it to block others from catching her and Andy.
  • There are just a few weak moments that may startle the most unsuspecting (or very young) of viewers (a werewolf jumping out, etc...), but anyone who's seen other scary films probably won't jump.
  • For being a "scary" movie, there's surprisingly not that much scary music in it (the rock soundtrack has replaced most of it). Still, there's a mild amount of such music in a few scenes.
  • None.
  • 1 possible "f" word (that may have been a variation of "freak" instead), 1 "s" word, 1 damn, 1 incomplete "What the..." and 6 uses of "Oh my God," 2 uses each of "For God's sakes" and "Oh God," and 1 use of "God" as exclamations.
  • Andy's friends talk about "sex points" (that are accumulated for asking a girl out, or "scoring" with her). They ask Andy, "When's the last time you had sex with another person?"
  • One of Andy's friends looks down a woman's cleavage (we see it as well) while looking for a note.
  • Chris gives Andy several condoms for his meeting with Serafine. Later, they fall out of his pocket while talking with her, and he embarrassedly acts like they're a new type of chewing gum and pops one in his mouth. She then asks him to blow a bubble and he does, with the condom fully inflating from his mouth.
  • Andy's friends have written him a message that they'll give him a lot of points "if you boink her."
  • We briefly see Serafine's bare breast as she turns into a werewolf.
  • Serafine climbs on top of Andy in bed, removes her shirt (we see her bare breasts) and places Andy's hands on her breasts (to "relax" him after telling him he's a werewolf).
  • Andy, now with the senses of a werewolf, "smells" Amy (and the camera focuses on her clothed crotch) and scampers along the floor up to her. Later he stares at her cleavage.
  • Andy talks to his dead (and invisible but to him) friend while standing at a urinal. A man walks out (only seeing Andy) and hears him say, "You can't just pop up and tell me what to do. I don't know why I'm listening to you. I know you're dead and so do the police."
  • Andy and Amy start making out in a cemetery and she kisses his bare chest. He gets on top of her, but once his werewolf instincts come out, he can't take it anymore and runs off.
  • She then walks around talking to herself about who she has to sleep with to find a decent guy to go to bed with (her words), and someone who would "sleep on the wet spot."
  • We see part of Andy's bare butt as he wakes up nude after a night of being a werewolf.
  • Andy and Serafine kiss and she undoes his pants that fall to the floor. They're interrupted, however, before anything else happens.
  • We see LeDuc with an unlit pipe and later see a cop smoking a cigarette.
  • Some minor characters smoke.
  • Serafine tries to revive her father with a defibrillator, but he dies (and she only appears upset for a very brief moment).
  • For younger kids, whether werewolves exist.
  • One of Andy's friends looks down a woman's cleavage and she then hits him on the head.
  • A large man tries to pick a fight with Andy and then knocks down his two friends. After he head-butts Andy, Serafine goes up to the man and knocks him backwards with superhuman strength.
  • Serafine knocks out another man.
  • Werewolves attack and kill several panicked people in a bar.
  • A werewolf kills Brad.
  • Andy holds a metal rod that impales, but doesn't kill, a werewolf.
  • A cop shoots several times at Andy (the werewolf) who then kills the man. He/it also kills Amy.
  • Claude and his associates want Andy to cut out Chris' heart. When he won't, one of them kicks him to the ground and he then gets into a fight with them where Claude threatens him with a knife (and slightly cuts him on the back).
  • Several cars crash into each other.
  • A cop shoots at some soon-to-be werewolves and Andy grabs a gun and does the same.
  • Serafine drops a stone sculpture on a man.
  • The werewolves kill more people.
  • Two werewolves fight each other and Andy repeatedly shoots one of them.
  • A werewolf kills several people inside a subway car.
  • Claude and Andy fight with punches thrown.
  • A werewolf tears out and eats a man's heart.

  • Reviewed December 18, 1997

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