My Boyfriend's Back

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK is a teenage romance, with a ghoulish twist. In a series of flashbacks, teenage Johnny Dingle (Andrew Lowry) pursues his childhood heartthrob, Missy McCloud (Traci Lind). Shot defending Missy in a convenience store robbery, Johnny comes back to life as a "zombie." Finally Missy agrees to go to the prom with him, but his body starts to decay and parts drop off, including ears and nose. Supposedly the only way for a zombie to stop decay is to eat human flesh. Johnny's mother (Cloris Leachman), eager for him to be well fed, brings home a young boy and a corpse for his dinner. After eating parts of two people, Johnny regains some strength and goes to the prom with Missy. Soon he returns to the dead, facing his judgment. Approaching the Judgment bench, Johnny is yelled at by the judge for being four days late to his judgment. Looking in a book labelled "Death/Near Death," the judge finds that Johnny was not supposed to have died - and sends him back to earth for a second chance. Geared toward teenagers, the movie has good acting and warm, humorous moments, but its cannibalism is repulsive.

Top on the list of objectionable elements is the disgusting display of cannibalism. Several times Johnny is heard off-screen making munching noises, and then shown with bloody mouth, hands, and clothes. Once, cannibalism is depicted graphically, with a man eaten down to his skeleton. Also troubling is the portrayal of life after death. The reading from the Judgment book gives the impression that everyone has a pre-determined fate and time of death. Zombies are supposedly those people who died in error, when it was not their turn, and they are allowed to come back to earth as "undead." Other violent acts include an on-screen murder, shooting, and beatings. Objectionable language includes many crudities, obscenities and profanities. Several sexually suggestive incidents are present, including one dream scene of a sexual fantasy, with no nudity, some references to intercourse, and revealing clothing. There is no drug or alcohol abuse. The cannibalism, offensive language and occult elements are good reasons to avoid this film.

Preview Reviewer: Alice Anderson
Buena Vista Distribution, 3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 915

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (19) times - Mild (15); Moderate (4)

Obscene Language: Many (17) times (s-word 5, other 12)

Profanity: Many (14) times - Regular (6); Exclamatory (8)

Violence: Many (10+) times (on-screen murder, cannibalism, shooting, beatings)

Sex: Once - implied

Nudity: Near nudity (revealing dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several (sexual fantasy in dream, references to intercourse)

Drugs: None

Other: Cannibalism and occult phenomena exploited as entertainment

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