Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Frank Release date: August 6, 1993 Released by: Touchstone Pictures
A film can play on the edge of absurdity and work if all the elements fit just right. In My Boyfriend's Back, director Bob Balaban fails miserably.
John Dingle (Andrew Lowery) has been in love with Missy McCloud (Traci Lind) since childhood. As a teen he is clumsy and unpopular and she is the prom queen-type. To get her attention he plans a fake robbery in which he can save Missy and gain her attention and love. Everything goes wrong and a real armed robber kills John. After his funeral, John pops back to life expecting Missy to keep her promise (as he died) to go to the prom with him.
Filled with all the stereotypes of teen films, the absurdity goes on as John's ears and nose fall off. There is the typical grunt and Missy's boyfriend is a tall good looking athlete who shoves John around. AThe script makes some attempt to show the undead as a minority class and in a comical fashion laughs at society's stereotypes of people who are different. The problem is a lack of any characters who have a foundation in reality, sanity or dignity.
I also expected the sixties song to be part of the sound track. Its absence further limits the film.
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