I had a hard time finding this one, because back in 1990, it was called, Don’t Tell Her It’s Me. But for some reason, when they (finally) released this on DVD, the decided to go back and take the title from the book the movie is based on.
Despite its 1990 release date, The Boyfriend School is clearly a 1980’s style romantic comedy. The movie was grossly under marketed, and after screenings it was released directly to Video and Cable. My guess, in retrospect is that people were at the time (and maybe justifiably so) tired of Steve Guttenberg and Shelly Long. (After a few too many Police Academy Sequels for Guttenberg, and clunkers like Troop Beverly Hills for Long, it really isn’t that hard to understand).
But that was really unfortunate as this very simple (and somewhat obvious) “You can’t judge a book by its cover” storyline is fun, light, and enjoyable.
Guttenberg plays Gus, a fat bald cartoonist that has just recently beaten cancer. His sister Lizzie (Long), a romance novelist, decides to try and fix him up on a date with Emily (Jami Gertz) who is repulsed by Gus’ appearance.
So, Lizzie sets out to transform Gus into one of her romance novel characters, in order for Gus to gain Emily’s attention. Naturally, this leads to some hysterical and outlandish situations, as Gus is transformed into a “sexy biker dude from New Zealand” to win the girls mind so that the man underneath could win the girls heart. And if he does, how does he tell her that he has been deceiving her all this time?
Cheesy? Maybe a bit (OK, yes somewhat cheesy). Funny? Not the funniest movie you’ll see, but certainly not Troop Beverly Hills either. I’d say if you like films like You’ve Got Mail (which I would say is probably on par in both the cheese factor and laugh levels) then you would probably enjoy this as well.