Touchstone Pictures attains the nadir of this summer season (and probably the entire year) with “My Boyfriend’s Back,” an idiotic offbeat comedy about an obsessive teenage love. It’s a matter of days before this tasteless pic is buried without a trace in the sands of Hollywood.
Scripter Dean Lorey uses the concept of a fairy tale — a kind of reworking of “Beauty and theBeast”– setting his quirky fantasy in a white-picket fenced small-town meant to look like a Norman Rockwell painting with a touch of David Lynch.
Tracy Lind, the most attractive girl in her class, has a boyfriend, but is obsessively pursued by Andrew Lowery, a shy daydreamer whose ultimate desire is to take her to the prom.
In order to prove his love, Lowery stages a robbery at the convenience store where Lind works so that he can save her life, but loses his life instead.
The relentless Lowery then comes back from the dead, as a frail and decaying zombie, to successfully pursue his lifelong — and deathlong — odyssey.
Pic starts falling apart in the first reel, as soon as Lowery is buried, then keeps on unraveling in an unremitting stream of false notes, which include body parts falling off, cannibalism, vampirism, mob lynching, sci-fi lab experiments and supernatural effects.
Pic is a wasteland for everyone, from Lowery to Mary Beth Hurt and Edward Herrmann as his parents, Austin Pendleton as the crazy doctor, Bob Dishy as the grave digger, Cloris Leachman as the zombie expert, Paxton Whitehead as the judge and director Bob Balaban.