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Although it was a flop with both critics and audiences upon its release in 1998, in retrospect Disturbing Behavior is actually one of the smarter teen thrillers to follow the massive success of Scream (1996).
Newcomer to a small town high school finds himself menaced by a group of 'disturbingly perfect' students who would like nothing better than for him to become part of their way of life.
Disturbing Behavior may owe much of its premise to such classic films as Clockwork Orange (1971) and The Stepford Wives (1975), but it still stands as a clever and entertaining thriller. Rather than attempt to be the usual teen scare flick, this film relies far more on its brooding, paranoid atmosphere to be compelling and it works. The subject matter alone is enough to stir chills without having to resort to bloody violence. Still there's a fair amount of action to be had in this unsettling tale. David Nutton's direction is well-handled and the filming locations are beautiful. Mark Snow's music score is also nicely moody, and there's a slick rock soundtrack to boot.
The cast is also pretty good. Katie Holmes is fetching as a rebel girl. Nick Stahl is likable as a teen stoner. Best of all though is star James Marsden as our heart-felt hero.
It's easy to dismiss Disturbing Behavior as just another teen thriller, but it packs more intelligence than most of its kind. It's a movie that reminds us to be an individual.
*** out of ****
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