Friday, January 18, 2008

What's in a smile?

Remember the sense of relief you experienced when you learned that you weren't the only kid in braces who had to wear headgear at night? How that feeling of freakish un-belonging seemed to evaporate into the unexpectedly light and sunshiny air? Yes? Well, after reading about the recently released movie Teeth, that's pretty much how I'm feeling right now.

Mitchell Lichtenstein, son of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, learned of the age-old vagina dentata myth in a lit class taught by my very favorite cultural zeitgeist, Camille Paglia. Lichtenstein became obsessed with the notion and, over a series of years, wrote and rewrote his quirky tale. He finally made his directorial debut with Teeth at last year's Sundance Film Festival.

Lead actress Jess Weixler won a Sundance Special Jury prize for her juicy and jaw-dropping performance. Ha. That fact, coupled with the knowledge that the movie escaped an NC-17 rating because studio executives felt that the movie had an important cautionary moral appropriate for teens, may be enough to lure me to Tinseltown this weekend.



Klayton Elliot Kendall said...

Looks fun. Though you may have to wait for the DVD.

Anonymous said...

I had not previously heard of this movie - thanks for bringing it to my attention.

I would like to write something deep and profound about my initial thoughts on the explanations of the film I have found online but all that is coming into my mind is a muddle about the importance of brushing and flossing regularly.

The13th said...

The DVD is out. Smile. Or gargle.

The imaginary potential was better, even for the dentists involved.