My Future Boyfriend
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Sweet time-travel love story is a fun choice for teens.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie casts a favorable light on the innocence and purity of true love, reminding viewers that love knows no boundaries and that with patience, even those who appear to have nothing in common can learn to relate to one another.
Positive Role Models
Elizabeth is a smart, independent, successful woman who trusts her heart in matters of love. Unlike others around her, she refrains from pre-judging people and takes the time to get to know them and give them the benefit of the doubt. Pax has an insatiable curiosity about what he doesn’t know, and he doesn’t let people’s impression of him stand in the way of his discoveries.
Violence & Scariness
A man pushes another to the ground in one scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Multiple references to sex in an inquisitive context from a man who hopes to learn about it from a woman he’s got a crush on. Other than that, kissing is as far as things go.
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A couple of characters refer to a man as a "tool."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In one segment, a man gets drunk and embarrasses his crush at her book party, but he later apologizes and promises that he's learned his lesson. Other scenes include social drinking, but in a more responsible manner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this heartwarming movie includes many references to sex in the context of a man asking to be taught about what's an unfamiliar concept for him. Physical contact is limited to kissing, but the sheer frequency with which the word "sex" is spoken would be bound to raise some questions among tweens. One scene shows a first-time drinker feeling the effects of several drinks and eventually embarrassing himself and a friend with his behavior, but the experience is enough to make him swear off the stuff again. Beyond that, this charming movie is mostly clean-cut and even offers some sweet messages about the transcending nature of true love and the joy of new romance without the pressures of a physical relationship.
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Based on 3 parent reviews
nice ABC Family Film.
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What's the Story?
In MY FUTURE BOYFRIEND, a scientist from 1,000 years in the future travels back in time to learn about love, an emotion that's extinct in his time. While on an archaeological dig, P-A-X-197/341 (Barry Watson) discovers a time capsule that contains a romance novel written in 2011. Intrigued by the concept of love, he travels back in time to meet the author, Elizabeth Barrett (Sara Rue), and finds that he does more than learn -- he actually falls in love with her. Meanwhile, Pax's arrival causes Elizabeth to question the basis of her own relationship with her fiancé, Richard (Justin Smith). Further trouble ensues when the feds pick up Pax for counterfeiting, and he misses his transport home, causing his colleague (Fred Willard) to head back in time, too, to rescue his friend.
Is It Any Good?
Part sci-fi, part comedy, but mostly just fantasy, My Future Boyfriend is a lighthearted spin on modern romance and the enduring pull of true love. In any other hands, the far-fetched story would be too hokey to consider, but fortunately Watson and Rue are a delightful odd couple, and it's easy and fun to get wrapped up in their unjaded relationship. If you can set aside your sense of reality, you might just be inspired by this tale of unlikely love and the positive light in which it casts healthy romantic relationships.
That said, the movie isn't one to share with younger family members, as it contains multiple references to sex. Part of Pax's appeal is his naïvete about love and romance, but with that comes an insatiable curiosity about the sex that he finds detailed in Elizabeth's book. Although the movie limits the physical contact to kissing, the persistent references to sex, combined with Elizabeth's obvious discomfort in dodging the sensitive topic, will get tweens' gears turning, so it's best to save this one for teens and up.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about relationships. Do you think this movie casts a positive light on relationships? What messages does it try to send about how relationships evolve? Did the fantastical nature of the story interfere with these messages? Why or why not?
Teens: Do you believe in true love? How has your experience with relationships compared to that of these characters? What challenges do relationships face in our society? What external pressures (like society's messages about sex) affect them?
What audience do you think this movie is geared toward? Is it appropriate for tweens? Why or why not? Do you think the silly nature of its premise makes it a hard sell for adults? What is this movie's best aspect?
- On DVD or streaming: March 6, 2012
- Cast: Fred Willard, Sara Rue
- Studio: GAIAM
- Genre: Romance
- Run time: 76 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- Last updated: February 25, 2022
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