MY BOYFRIENDS BACK
My Boyfriend's Back is an incredibly silly film. The films principal joke is that the hero returning as a zombie is something that is regarded as perfectly normal by most of the people around him. This is a gag that quickly tires, principally because it seems to require that people behave in ways that never coincide with real human behaviour Johnnys parents store dead bodies in the refrigerator and abduct kids for him to eat, his friends regard the sight of Johnny eating a dead body as normal. Some of the would-be black humour scenes like where Philip Hoffman accidentally hits himself in the head with an axe or a dream scene where Johnnys nose, arms and legs all fall off flop badly. The plot doglegs all over the place, sometimes whipping about so suddenly that the effect is rather one of hysterically hyped silliness.
Director Bob Balaban eschews any makeup effects the only effect we see is Johnny with a whitened face, we never see any of the noses and missing ears that are supposed to fall off. This has been deliberately played down for its target teen audience, which is fairly much what one expects to be the case when Disney makes a zombie film. The title does not even make sense the film is narrated from the heros point-of-view, not the heroines. Although part of the reason here is indecision on the part of Disney/Touchstone who did not think that the film would reach its audience under its original title, Johnny Zombie; they were partly right, it didnt under its new title either.
Bob Balaban is better known as an actor in films such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), 2010 (1984), Lady in the Water (2006) and various Christopher Guest films. My Boyfriend's Back was his second directorial film his first, Parents (1989), also featured a theme of cannibalism. The film was produced by Sean S. Cunningham, best known as the director of Friday the 13th (1980).
In the before-they-got-famous category we can see several names, including Matthew Fox, later the star of tvs Lost (2004-10), who plays Traci Linds ex-boyfriend, and Academy Award-winning actor Philip [Seymour] Hoffman, cast as Matthew Foxs psychotic bully friend, who both get eaten by Andrew Lowery. In his first film appearance, Matthew McConaughey also has a role in the background.
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