queer, noir, classic hollywood, classic animation, classic foreign, young adult, 80s.
The late, great Robin Wood makes reference to MY BODYGUARD in his book HOLLYWOOD FROM VIETNAM TO REAGAN in a chapter on the homoeroticism of "buddy films," citing this one's "extraordinary motorbike-riding montage sequence in which the two male teenagers are seen trying out all available positions." That might just sound cute, but it might just provide a meaningful connection for 2013 audiences to this 33-year-old film. Bullying certainly effects more people than just gay kids, but it is fair…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Delightfully perverse, and, for once, a worthy viral sensation, but the turn towards all-out horror in the final minutes might put too fine a point on the whole thing. Aren't the patronizing racial politics, family-friendly smut and the overall tone of squeaky-cleanliness all sinister enough without letting a slasher on the loose?