A werewolf couple fears their family bloodline may be soiled once their daughter announces that she has chosen to marry outside her species...
"One Wolf's Family" gives us a rare treat in that it stars the entire Stiller clan minus Ben. Unfortunately, their talents are not utilized much here.
The episode has a perverse sitcom feel to it, kinda like "My Zombie Lover." Most of the action is confined to one set and it looks pretty cheesy. You have a weird family that doesn't think they're weird, a bumbling father who thinks he knows best, and an annoying, nosy neighbor; several recurring themes of sitcoms past.
A lot of times, the episode feels a little too fake. The Lupasian's fridge has nothing in it but a dismembered jogger and a box of "cheese." Sure enough, the neighbor later on stops by and asks to borrow a cup(?) of cheese. Both Jerry Stiller's wolf makeup and Robert Clohessy's hyena makeup look terrible. The decapitated neighbor at the end looks very fake as there's no blood to show that the head was severed. At the dinner scene, Clohessy's acting was so bad that it made me cringe and the reason behind the long-standing feud between the werewolves and werehyenas seemed foolish.
I thought that a werehyena seemed like such an odd choice. Most people have probably never even seen a hyena so it seemed like they could have went with an animal that was more common. The bad werehyena makeup job does little to help matters.
"One Wolf's Family" isn't necessarily all bad but it is easy to see why Ben chose to stay away from this one. It's a little too goofy and not really very funny. If only the writers could've stepped into a time machine and gone into the future to see Jerry Stiller's work on both "Seinfeld" and "The King Of Queens." Maybe then they would have known how to make use of his talent.
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