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MY NAME IS BRUCE is Campbell’s attempt to poke fun at himself and at some of the schlocky horror movies he’s made in his career. Campbell is usually fun to watch, but many of the jokes here are too corny, lame and unfunny, even for him. MY NAME IS BRUCE is clearly made on the cheap, the very, very cheap. It also has plenty of strong foul language and some sexual references. Also, two minor male characters are homosexual lovers. All that, and the gory violence, makes this cinematic affair something to miss.
(PaPa, O, Ho, LLL, VVV, S, NN, AA, MM) Strong pagan worldview with light occult content poking irreverent fun at making B movies, the acting profession in Hollywood, celebrity and fame, drinking alcohol, horror movies, teenage sexuality, etc., plus two minor male characters are homosexual companions and references to awakening the Chinese god of war but these references are shown to be not really true in the end; 50 obscenities (including some “f” words), seven strong profanities and 12 light profanities, plus some vulgar language and stagehand fills bottle with urine for mean actor, who drinks it without knowing; very strong, briefly gory graphic violence includes decapitations, some blood splattering, and limbs severed; some sexual references, including two teenage boys crudely talk about having sexual relations with two girls they are taking through a spooky cemetery, plus some kissing and men visit club where girls in skimpy outfits are dancing on stage and around poles; dancing girls in skimpy outfits show brief partial rear nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; no smoking or drugs; and, cowardice, lying and star actor orders stagehand about on B movie set.
Bruce Campbell is a funny actor who’s appeared in B horror movies and some genre television shows, such as THE EVIL DEAD and ARMY OF DARKNESS and TV’s XENA and BURN NOTICE. MY NAME IS BRUCE is his attempt to poke fun at himself and at some of the schlocky horror movies for which he’s known in his career. It is shamelessly and intentionally hokey, but it still needs a better script and a bigger budget.
In the movie, Campbell plays a corny version of himself, a has-been actor past his prime doing smaller and smaller budget horror, science fiction movies. No mention is made of his current very funny role on TV’s BURN NOTICE as a sidekick to a spy who’s been fired.
A teenage fan named Jeff kidnaps Campbell to help the small town of Gold Lick, Oregon kill an evil Chinese god, Guandi, the god of war and patron god of bean curd. Campbell thinks it’s an elaborate birthday present from his agent, until he actually sees Guandi take off someone’s head. He cowardly runs away but comes back to kill the demonic god when Jeff decides to face the villain on his own.
Campbell is usually fun to watch, but many of the jokes here are too corny and unfunny, even for him. MY NAME IS BRUCE is clearly made on the cheap, the very, very cheap. It also has plenty of strong foul language and some sexual references. Also, two minor male characters are homosexual lovers. All that, and the gory violence, makes this movie something to miss, even if you’ve enjoyed Campbell’s more wholesome TV appearances in XENA, BURN NOTICE and THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR.