May 22, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

This sequel to John Landis’ 1981 horror hit An American Werewolf in London takes itself much less seriously than its moody predecessor — which turns out to be a good thing. While spinning the yarn of a sensitive, shy guy (That Thing You Do!‘s Scott) who meets an alluring mademoiselle (Delpy) and ends up joining her wolf pack, director Anthony Waller (Mute Witness) keeps the pace brisk and the mood light, seasons the action with breathtaking effects, and elicits enthusiastic performances from his stars. (He even reveals the secret to reversing the werewolves’ curse — who knew?) Marred only by an obtrusive pop soundtrack and some tedious plot complications toward the end, An American Werewolf in Paris seems designed for video; it’s as coolly amused to be telling its tale as we at home so often are in watching one. B+

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