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My Boyfriend's Back

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As a director, actor Bob Balaban is carving out an extremely specialized niche: pitch-black cannibal comedy. First there was 1989’s Parents, so deadpan it barely had a pulse. Now he delivers this farcical hodgepodge about a teen (Andrew Lowery) so smitten with the girl next door (Traci Lind) that he literally comes back from the dead to take her to the prom — despite his pesky new craving for human flesh. My Boyfriend’s Back is obviously aiming for the subversive high school yuks of 1989’s Heathers, but the story line never bothers to make sense. All that’s left is — how to put this? — bad taste. At least Balaban casts some of his New York acting cronies in supporting roles-Austin Pendleton, Mary Beth Hurt, Edward Herrmann, and Cloris Leachman all look as though they’re having a high old time. Too bad you won’t. D