Disturbing Behavior (1998)
David Nutter made his directorial debut with this fantasy thriller, attempting a switch on The Stepford Wives premise. The Clark family moves from Chicago to Cradle Bay, and Steve Clark (James Marsden) is cautioned by Gavin Strick (Nick Stahl) about the separating factions at the local high school, where the Blue Ribbons, a club of robotic perfect students, rule. Gavin claims a conspiracy is afoot, and sure enough, he turns into an ultra-perfect himself. Rachel Wagner (Katie Holmes) joins Steve in investigating, and they soon suspect school psychiatrist Dr. Caldicott (Bruce Greenwood), a neuropharmacology specialist. The soundtrack contrasts alternative rock with tunes by Barry Manilow, Wayne Newton, and Olivia Newton-John. … More
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Critic Reviews for Disturbing Behavior
As relatively low-budget and quickly made teen shockers go, it's not too hard to take.
Surely, it's a definite solid thriller with very good performances, it just could be so much more with a little polish on the screenplay.
Cool kids go crazy -- why don't the nerds ever rise up?
Put together by some of the production team responsible for "The X Files," "Behavior" frequently captures the same weird/wacky atmosphere found in some of that series' more lighthearted episodes.
...the filmmakers have such contempt for their target teenage audience, they don't bother with explanations.
A high-concept horror picture that squanders its premise from the first frame.
It's like the makers of this film were so desperate to get a film together that they went to a horror paint-by-numbers book to get everything they needed.
Audience Reviews for Disturbing Behavior
One of the many teen horror movies to come out after the popularity of Scream. It was ok but nothing memorable.More
This is a cool teen thriller. Suprised it's not more well know as I only saw it through a recommendation. It's good fun if predictable. Very similar to The Faculty and with a strong cast.More
Freakish and thriller with a terrifying way to turn its rebellious teens into model citizens - weird!More
Disturbing Behavior Quotes
- Dorian Newberry:
- (after hitting the cop over the head and knocking him out) That's a big rat!
- Rachel Wagner:
- (about going to Bishop Flats) Maybe this isn't a good idea.
- Steve Clark:
- Think of it as our first date.
- Gavin Strick:
- Rae, Gavin Strick here. Live and unplugged. Guess if you found this, then you know. Am I hanging with Trent and Robby, and the rest of the Robots? God, I hope not. I hit the vents tonight when I split up with Stevie Boy. He doesn't believe. I went back to school, and I overheard Caldicott talking to some wonk. Mentioned 'Bishop Flats Eleven.' Caldicott called them his children. Then he freaked out on the guy and kicked him out of his office. So, I figure something's up with that. Keep an eye on U.V. For me, though I doubt they'll want him. I doubt they're interested in the pigmentally challenged. That's not their style. I have to go get paranoid. This is Gavin Strick, reporting live from The Reconstruction.
- Gavin Strick:
- (now a programmed Blue Ribbon) Hello, class. Welcome.
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