Disturbing Behavior

1998

Disturbing Behavior

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40%

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In this fantasy thriller, when teen-ager Steve Clark moves to Cradle Bay, Steve is immediately cautioned by Gavin Strick about the separating factions at the high school, where a club of robotic perfect students rule. Gavin claims a conspiracy is afoot, and sure enough, he turns into an ultra-perfect himself.

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Cast

Katie Holmes
as Rachel Wagner
James Marsden
as Steve Clark
Nick Stahl
as Gavin Strick
Bruce Greenwood
as Dr. Caldicott
William Sadler
as Dorian Newberry
Steve Railsback
as Officer Cox
Chris Owens
as Officer Kramer
Katharine Isabelle
as Lindsay Clark
Susan Hogan
as Cynthia Clark
Ethan Embry
as Allen Clark
Derek Hamilton
as Trent Whalen
Tygh Runyan
as Dickie Atkinson
Dan Zukovic
as Mr. Rooney
Tobias Mehler
as Andy Effkin
Robert Moloney
as Ferry Guy
P.J. Prinsloo
as Robby Stewart
Michelle Skalnik
as Randi Sklar
Brendan Fehr
as Brandan
Crystal Cass
as Lorna Longley
Erin Tougas
as Shannon
Jay Brazeau
as Principal Weathers
Sarah-Jane Redmond
as Miss Perkins
John B. Destry
as Middle-Aged Man
A.J. Buckley
as Chug Roman
Glynis Davis
as Coupon Lady
Cynde Harmon
as Mrs. Atkinson
Larry Musser
as Coroner
Gillian Barber
as Judy Effkin
Peter LaCroix
as Mr. Strick
Lynda Boyd
as Mrs. Lucille Strick
Sean Smith
as School Bus Boy
Zuzana Marlow
as Shannon's Mom
Tamsin Kelsey
as Detrice Wagner
Suzy Joaquim
as Female Doctor
Fulvio Cecere
as Anesthesiologist
Bob Wilde
as Shadow Man
Judith Maxie
as Shadow Woman
Doug Abrahams
as Security Guard
Jarred Blancard
as Flossing Man
Kate Braidwood
as Make-up Girl
Stephen Holmes
as Toothbrush Boy
Mark Avis
as Bald Man
Julie Patzwald
as Betty Caldicott
Robert Lewis
as Moderator
Deejay Jackson
as Assistant Principal
Kendall Saunders
as Disrespectful Student
Natassia Malthe
as Mary Jo Copeland
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Critic Reviews for Disturbing Behavior

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8)

  • Lots of shots are held for upwards of a minute, too. I know that's not much, but if you're ambitious enough to gain sustenance from something other than nice belly-buttons, you take what you can get.

    Feb 5, 2018 | Full Review…

    Paul Tatara

    CNN.com
    Top Critic
  • Far from perfect, but in its own flawed way it is perfect to me, entering my life the summer before my senior year in high school and making an impact on me that has increased, rather than lessened, in the nearly two decades since it was made.

    Mar 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As relatively low-budget and quickly made teen shockers go, it's not too hard to take.

    Feb 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Cool kids go crazy -- why don't the nerds ever rise up?

    Feb 19, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Jun 23, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Disturbing Behavior

  • Aug 12, 2016
    Maybe I was in a good mood, but I didn't dislike this film that much. Not that I was expecting it to, but you know how it is with 'horror' films in the 90s, particularly post-Scream. Not saying that a lot of films tried to replicate that, but the setting is fairly similar to Scream in a small and peaceful town where strange events start taking place. The one difference to Scream, is that this film has more sci-fi themes than horror ones and it's not really constructed as a film that's meant to tear apart the genre's tropes. Essentially, some of the more troubled teens in town are turned into the ideal students. Perfect, well-adjusted, straight-A students that contribute to society in helpful ways. Imagine the Stepford Wives except substitute the women for troubled teens. So the movie is more about trying to find out what exactly is happening to these teens that is, somehow, managing to reform them in record time. Apparently, from what I found out, the film was edited beyond all hell and the director, David Nutter, even considered taking his name out of the credits. I think the original cut was like 20 minutes longer than this and it focused more on character development, which I really would've been interested in seeing. This movie isn't bad or anything, but the characters don't really have much of a personality. You also find out more about Steve's brother, who shot himself, and who is the impetus for the family moving to Cradle Bay and why he did what he did. I thought that that, at least, was important, because Steve's depression or lack excitement at his family's move to Cradle Bay is due in part to what happened to his brother. There's also the fact that there was, supposedly, an organization that was behind Caldicott's experiments, which would have also been interesting to see. So I do feel sorry for David Nutter and the writer of the film, because I truly do believe that there's a more interesting story that they wanted to tell than what you got to see on screen. Their story, I feel, was truly bastardized and I could've seen the director's cut of it. And it is available, like some fans edited it together along with the deleted scenes, but it's not like I'm gonna go out of my way to seek it out. Part of the reason why I enjoyed this, in spite of giving it an average rating, is the fact that it feels like a time capsule of what horror movies were like in the 90s. And you can say that for every decade, of course, but I don't know, there's just something about that I enjoyed. The movie is a little goofy at times, so I liked that. Unsure if the film was purposely goofy at times or if it was meant to be taken seriously. Either way, some scenes made me laugh. The acting is ok, I like James Marsden and everything, but there's no real reason to care for his character. There's no real reason to care for ANY character, the character development, at least in this edit of the film, is literally nonexistent. There's the basic stuff, like you establish what type of person a character is, but they don't go much farther beyond that. It is what it is and this is where Nutter's original cut of the film would've, hopefully, helped the most. Just giving you a real reason to care for the characters. Even with that, and some of the issues I have with the scripting and its similarities to Stepford Wives, part of me had fun watching this movie. Not what I would call good, but enjoyable if watched in the right state of mind or with a group of friends that you can have fun with. It's also free if you have Amazon Prime, so there's that. You can't really go wrong with a 'free' movie. And it's less than 85 minutes long, so it doesn't stick around for too long. This is average at best, but a somewhat enjoyable average, if that makes sense.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2013
    According to science fiction horror films, high school is one of the most unsafe places when it comes to invasions of any kind, alien or other. "Disturbing Behavior" is an interesting concept with a real life allegory at play; we all know teenagers can be unruly, so let's lobotomize them and make them robots. James Marsden plays the fish-out-of-water, Steve Clark, who steps into a new high school filled with the normal geek-jock-stoner separation. Led by Gavin (Nick Stahl) and Rachel (Katie Holmes), Steve isn't buying into Gavin's raving notions that the jocks are being controlled by a higher force. Of course it takes losing Gavin to the dark side to make Steve realize the error of his ways. Sadly, this film is outdone by fellow teen horror film "The Faculty" oddly of the same year, which uses "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" as its starting off material. With a much better cast and way tenser moments, "The Faculty" overcomes its teenager angst and became a cult classic, while "Disturbing Behavior" is somewhat forgettable. With a young Katie Holmes to drive it home and enough thrills to keep it watchable, the film will always be a reminder of 90's teen horror, but apart from that, falls to the wayside of much better examples.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2013
    90s popcorn thriller that never clicked, mainly due to its odd choices. The film is quick and has some solid moments, the nut house is one of them. The rapid storyline really didn't help, they really needed another 20 minutes here. The film is a offbeat teenage thriller that is fun and never takes itself too serious. Giant plot holes aside, the X Files team needed a better film transition because when this story is in full swing it really does work. A guilty pleasure film that includes a really cute Katie Holmes performance around the time of Dawsons Creek. The ending is quite good too.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2013
    Not great, but entertaining and tense for what it was. "Disturbing Behavior" benefits from its interesting plot, some creepy scenes, its ideas and strong performances from James Marsden and Katie Holmes. Its just entertaining teen thriller, nothing special really. However, William Sadler steals the show as the janitor, he's funny and was perfect for the role. Wont be a classic but its suspenseful fun that you can find in Netflix.
    Angel G Super Reviewer

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