Review: ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’

Bob Balaban's My Boyfriend's Back is an idiotic offbeat comedy about an obsessive teenage love. Scripter Dean Lorey sets his quirky fantasy in a white picket-fenced small town meant to look like a Norman Rockwell painting with a touch of David Lynch.

Bob Balaban’s My Boyfriend’s Back is an idiotic offbeat comedy about an obsessive teenage love. Scripter Dean Lorey sets his quirky fantasy in a white picket-fenced small town meant to look like a Norman Rockwell painting with a touch of David Lynch.

Missy (Traci Lind), the most attractive and desirable girl of her class, has a b.f. (Matthew Fox), but is obsessively pursued by Johnny Dingle (Andrew Lowery), a shy daydreaming classmate. Dingle stages a robbery at the convenience store where Missy is working so he can save her life. But the ill-conceived caper backfires and he loses his life. The relentless Dingle then comes back from the dead – as a frail and decaying zombie.

Napkin-thin pic starts falling apart in the first reel, as soon as Dingle is buried, and then keeps unraveling in an unremitting stream of false notes, which includes body parts falling off, cannibalism, vampirism and lynching. Balaban’s direction repeats ideas and jokes more effectively used in his 1989 Parents.

My Boyfriend's Back

Production

Touchstone. Director Bob Balaban; Producer Sean S. Cunningham; Screenplay Dean Lorey; Camera Mac Ahlberg; Editor Michael Jablow; Music Harry Manfredini; Art Director Michael Hanan

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1993. Running time: 84 MIN.

With

Andrew Lowery Traci Lind Danny Zorn Edward Herrmann Mary Beth Hurt Austin Pendleton
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