Jack Nicholson
Michelle Pfeiffer
James Spader
Kate Nelligan
Richard Jenkins
Eileen Atkins
Christopher Plummer
Ron Rifkin
David Hyde Pierce

Mike Nichols

"The demon wolf is not evil, unless the man he has bitten is evil. And it feels good to be a wolf, doesn't it?"
Time: 125 mins.
Rating: R
Genre: Horror/Romance/Drama
CAPSULE REVIEW –– When I first heard about Nicholson taking on the role as a modern-day werewolf, I couldn't wait to see the final fillm. It seemed to be a perfect marriage of actor and story. Too bad it's a interesting concept gone horribly awry. Director Nichols uses his intelligence and wit to weave an intriguing story that doesn't quite live up to its potential. Perhaps modern day moviegoers are just too jaded to believe in werewolves. The story centers on Jack as a successful literary agent about to be replaced by a younger, more devious version of himself, played with wicked flare by James Spader. Jack might have gone quietly, if it weren't for the fact that he was recently bitten by a wolf and believes he is turning into a creature of the night. His nocturnal wanderings place his future in jeopardy, both personally and professionally, though he's beginning to enjoy his newfound energy and sensory perceptions. So are the ladies, especially the luminous Michelle Pfeiffer, who plays his boss's daughter. She loathes her father and is willing to do anything or anyone to destroy him. How lucky for Jack. She doesn't have much to do, but she sure looks good. The film tries to seek deeper meaning by making connections between the ruthlessness of the corporate world and the uncontrollable nature of Jack's behavior. It's more successful in that aspect than the horror one. The makeup is decent, but not exciting or scary. Much like the tone of the entire film. A worthwhile effort torn between mood, story and believability that leaves one more bored than horrifed.