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Unfamiliar with her own physique, a high school student finds herself endowed with a physical advantage as she becomes the target of male aggression.


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United States
94 minutes
1.78 : 1

About 'Teeth'

“Teeth” is a 2007 US horror film written and dir­ected by Mitchell Licht­en­stein. The film tells the story of Dawn, an unas­suming high school stu­dent who was born with an unusual med­ical con­di­tion called vagina dentata (Latin for “toothed vagina”). This con­di­tion leads Dawn to dis­cover over the course of the film that her gen­itals have teeth that act as a defence mech­anism.

The film explores themes of sexu­ality, power and the notion of fem­in­inity in a satir­ical yet dis­turbing way. While Dawn is ini­tially ignorant and naïve, over the course of the film she develops some con­trol over her unusual ana­tom­ical fea­ture and uses it to defend her­self against sexual assault.

“Teeth” undoubtedly has some crazy and uncon­ven­tional ideas that can be both intriguing and dis­turbing. The central premise of the film, that a woman is equipped with teeth in her vagina, may seem absurd to some viewers. How­ever, the use of the vagina dentata as a meta­phor for female power and as a means of retali­ation against sexual viol­ence is an inter­esting approach and thought-pro­voking.

The film also addresses soci­etal issues, par­tic­u­larly the double standard in dealing with female sexu­ality. Dawn exper­i­ences both rejec­tion and exploit­a­tion from men during her sexual journey. The film plays with ste­reo­types and chal­lenges the tra­di­tional view of women as passive sexual objects.

How­ever, “Teeth” is not a film for the faint-hearted. The explicit depic­tions of viol­ence and sexual assault may dis­turb some viewers. Although the film plays with some black comedy and an absurd basic concept, it can still be found dis­turbing and unset­tling.

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Vagina dentata! It's what inside's me. The doctor said so. A hero has to come and conquer them!

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