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My Boyfriend’s Back

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.

With:
Johnny ... Andrew Lowery Missy ... Tracy Lind Eddie ... Danny Zorn Mr. Dingle ... Edward Herrmann Mrs. Dingle ... Mary Beth Hurt Dr. Bronson ... Austin Pendleton Sheriff McCloud ... Jay O. Sanders Big Chuck ... Paul Dooley Murray ... Bob Dishy Maggie ... Cloris Leachman Judge in Heaven ... Paxton Whitehead Buck Van Patten ... Matthew Fox

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.

My Boyfriend's Back

(Black comedy -- Color)

Production: A Buena Vista release of a Touchstone Pictures presentation. Produced by Sean S. Cunningham. Directed by Bob Balaban. Screenplay, Dean Lorey.

Crew: Camera (DeLuxe color; Technicolor prints), Mac Ahlberg; editor, Michael Jablow; music, Harry Manfredini; production design, Michael Hanan; art direction, Charles Lagola; set design, John A. Frick, Jonathan Short; costume design, Kimberly Tillman; sound (Dolby), Darrell Henke; makeup, Kimberly Greene; associate producer, Deborah Hayn-Cass; assistant director, Donald P.H. Eaton; casting, Julie Hughes, Harry Moss. Reviewed at Hollywood Galaxy Theater, L.A., Aug. 4, 1993. MPAA rating: PG- 13. Running time: 84 min.

With: Johnny ... Andrew Lowery Missy ... Tracy Lind Eddie ... Danny Zorn Mr. Dingle ... Edward Herrmann Mrs. Dingle ... Mary Beth Hurt Dr. Bronson ... Austin Pendleton Sheriff McCloud ... Jay O. Sanders Big Chuck ... Paul Dooley Murray ... Bob Dishy Maggie ... Cloris Leachman Judge in Heaven ... Paxton Whitehead Buck Van Patten ... Matthew Fox

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