Dances With Films 2016: ‘Future Boyfriend’ - Film Review

It’s the ultimate sci-fi love story. A man tells the woman he’s seeing that he’s from the future. Not only that, but the whole reason he came back in time is to be with her. He saw a picture or a glimpse of a woman from years ago and fell so in love with her that he gave up his life in the future and traveled back in time just to win her heart. Variations on this theme have been done in movies ranging from Terminator to the highly underrated Happy Accidents. It’s also the plot of the short film Future Boyfriend which had its west coast premiere recently at Dances With Films—only with a slightly different twist on things.

Kaylie (Emily Bell) is enjoying her third date with Stuart (Ron Moorehouse), a nice guy with a few weird quirks, when he drops the bombshell that he’s really from the future—and that he’s come back in time specifically to be her boyfriend. The official synopsis says, “Is he telling the truth, or is it science fiction?” However, this is a bit misleading. Fairly soon after his revelation, he proves that he’s telling the truth by breaking out a highly sophisticated AI hologram played by French Stewart. The point of the film isn’t for Kaylie to believe Stuart’s story. It’s for her to understand why, and what the implications are, for both of them and for the future of their relationship.

Originally written as a short play (which starred Bell and Moorehouse), the film definitely has a theatrical quality to it. It’s set in a single location and almost completely dialogue-driven, as the two sit at a restaurant together and discuss their future. There’s nothing wrong with that, however, and the two leads carry the film quite well, just sitting there and talking. It helps that they’re both very funny actors with a very funny script.

Since the film is only about 10 minutes long, it would be a disservice to you, the viewer, to say too much more about the plot than I already have; however, they do manage to put an unexpected and rather hilarious twist on a situation that, when you think about it, is more than a little weird. I’d love to see this expanded into a feature film. For fans of sci-fi and romantic comedy, Future Boyfriend is a must-see.

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