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Not the best werewolf movie I've seen, but I enjoyed it for the most part. There were times I was kind of playing apps on my phone instead of watching (but I have ADHD so maybe it's just me). I love Jesse. He was great in this movie. No surprise there.
|Portia de Rossi||Zela|
|Christina Ricci||Ellie Myers|
|Jesse Eisenberg||Jimmy Myers|
|Shannon Elizabeth||Becky Morton|
|Daniel Edward Mora||Jose|
|Joshua Jackson||Jake Taylor|
|Michelle Krusiec||Nosebleed Co-Worker|
|Bob Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Marco Beltrami||Original Music Composer|
|Brad Weston||Executive Producer|
|Robert McLachlan||Director of Photography|
|Harvey Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Andrew Rona||Executive Producer|
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
The film begins in Hollywood Los Angeles, when two friends, Jenny Tate (Mýa) and Becky Morton (Shannon Elizabeth), are at a pier and decide to get their fortune told by Zela (Portia de Rossi), asking about a boy. She foretells that they will suffer a horrible fate, but they don't believe her and walk away laughing. A little while later, Becky realizes Jenny has disappeared and can't find her on the pier; Becky was driving.
On that same night, teenager Jimmy Myers (Jesse Eisenberg) is picked up at the pier by his sister Ellie (Christina Ricci), who just came back from visiting her boyfriend Jake Taylor (Joshua Jackson). Jimmy had a run in with some bullies and his crush Brooke (Kristina Anapau). On their way home, Jimmy and Ellie hit an animal and another car. They attempt to rescue the other driver, Becky Morton, but she is suddenly dragged and killed by an unseen creature. Jimmy and Ellie are both slashed by the creature's claws, but make it out alive. When interviewed by police, despite Jimmy's belief that it was a wolf or dog type animal, the official report credits it to a bear or cougar.
Once they get home, Jimmy does research about wolves in California and starts to believe that the creature was a werewolf, and the next morning, non chalantly tells Ellie, much to her disbelief. Jimmy and Ellie start to exhibit strange tendencies; while working at the news set, Ellie is attracted to the smell of blood, from a co-anchor but Ellie denies it, apparently proving her point by touching a silver picture frame and not getting burned. Jimmy becomes much stronger and more aggressive, as exampled when a bully named Bo (Milo Ventimiglia) forces him to join the wrestling team. He easily defeats three wrestlers, including Bo, and calls Bo out for constantly making gay jokes to him, saying that Bo himself is repressing his own homosexuality.
Meanwhile, at a party, Jenny runs into Jake, implying that he is the boy that was mentioned at the beginning of the film. She also runs into Joanie (Judy Greer), Ellie's publicist, who takes note of Jake Taylor. Jenny leaves the party after an awkward encounter, and Jake and Joannie leave as the full moon rises. Jenny is torn apart in a parking garage by a wolf-like creature. Zela's prediction for Jenny and Becky comes true.
Eventually, Ellie starts to believe the werewolf idea when she sees Zela at the news station and she warns about the coming full moon, and Jimmy proves it when he holds a silver cake server and gets burned (he then discovers that the picture frame Ellie touched was actually stainless steel). Their dog bites Jimmy, tasting his blood and becomes a werewolf type monster and goes on a rampages. Realizing what's happening, he goes to warn Ellie with the help of Bo, who shows up at their house to confess that he is gay and has feelings for Jimmy. Bo and Jimmy race to where Ellie is.
In the meantime she figures out that Jake is a werewolf. He confirms it, but claims it wasn't him that attacked her and Jimmy. Another werewolf attacks, seemingly proving his story. Bo and Jimmy try to help, but Bo is knocked out. The new werewolf is revealed to be Joanie, who had a one-night-stand with Jake and became a werewolf (with proof of a pentagram on her right hand). She wants revenge by killing all of the other girls he dates. He refuses to let her hurt Ellie, and she knocks him out. Joanie soon turns into a werewolf and starts attacking. Ellie and Jimmy fight her, and she finally runs and hides when the police arrive. The two draw her out by insulting her, which she (in werewolf form) gives them the finger. The police open fire, apparently killing her. The only way to kill a werewolf is to separate the brain from the heart. As she rises again, a cop shoots her in the head, finally killing her. Bo is okay, but Jake has disappeared.
Jimmy and Ellie return to a wrecked home. As Jimmy goes to try to fix the power, Jake arrives. He reveals that he did in fact bite Ellie and Jimmy, and he wants Ellie to live forever by his side after he kills Jimmy. She refuses, and the two fight it out, but her werewolf side only emerges and disappears at small intervals, while he has complete control over his werewolf side and dominates the fight. Jimmy joins in, climbing across the ceiling and biting Jake, distracting him long enough for Ellie to stab him with the silver cake server, badly injuring him. Ellie decapitates Jake with a shovel and breaking the curse on her, Jimmy and their dog. Brooke shows up with their dog, having learned where they live from Bo, who also shows up. Bo and Jimmy are now friends; Jimmy kisses Brooke and walks her home along with Bo. Ellie goes to clean up the mess that is their house.
Theatrical : 2005-02-25 : United States of America
DVD : 2005-06-21