Main Plot Points:
- Teenager Johnny Dingle will do anything to keep his date with the hottest girl in school – even come back from the grave! You see, Johnny had the perfect scheme to win the heart of Missy McCloud, the town beauty. Unfortunately, Johnny’s scam goes sour and he winds up dead!
- Even so, Johnny’s determined to keep his date – unaware of the hilarity waiting for him upon his return! See for yourself why everyone’s dying to see this outlandishly funny comedy!
What We Thought:
- I’m sure I’ve seen My Boyfriend’s Back before, but I didn’t remember most of it. This 1993 film is making its Blu-ray debut thanks to Mill Creek Entertainment.
- It’s a surprisingly dark comedy about a teen who’s in love with a girl and comes back to life as a zombie after being shot. It’s a shame it’s 23 years old now because with the zombie genre being huge, this would be a big hit today.
- It’s funny in the dark, sarcastic way. His parents accept him right away even though they buried him the day before. His father just wants him to be nice and not bother anyone else.
- His classmates look at him funny and make fun of him almost as if he’s an exchange student and not the fact that he should be dead. The love interest finally notices him because he took a bullet for her. It’s all pretty campy.
- Plus there’s the people in it that might surprise you. The lead, Andrew Lowery, hasn’t done much since this film. Same for the love interest. But it’s the secondary characters that became big. His love interest’s boyfriend is played by Matthew Fox of Lost/Party of Five fame. The meathead friend in the film is played by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. If you saw this in 1993, you wouldn’t have guessed that Chuck would end up being one of the better actors of his generation. Then there’s the small role of Guy #2 who has a couple of lines in a movie theater. That’s Oscar winner himself Matthew McConaughey.
- I think today it would compare to a Warm Bodies and Shaun of the Dead. It’s not as serious as Warm Bodies, but not quite laugh out loud funny as Shaun. The film is easily 10+ years ahead of its time.
- I know a lot of people that remember My Boyfriend’s Back. I know a couple who want to buy it on Blu-ray now. It’s better than I expected because it’s darker than I expected. It’s still pretty cheesy like you expect from a late 80s/early 90s type film, but I’d watch it again during a zombie movie binge.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Andrew Lowery
- Matthew Fox
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
Recommended if You Like:
- Warm Bodies
- Shaun of the Dead
- Dark Comedies