My Name is Bruce is a perfect example of a deliberate B movie that knows where to draw the line and how to stay behind it. Bruce Campbell plays himself as a struggling actor who gets kidnapped by a well-intentioned young man who thinks Campbell can save his town from a monster. Campbell cannot seem to make the townspeople understand that he is only an actor, and not the characters he plays in movies, so he reluctantly takes the job.
My Name is Bruce is intentionally tongue-in-cheek, poking fun at the B movie genre and Bruce Campbell's career to that point. This was before he landed the cushy role on Burn Notice. There are plenty of inside industry, B movie, and horror flick inside jokes in addition to Campbell's constant one-liners. The dialogue is intentionally cheesy, as are the special effects, but both have their moments.
Along the way, we are treated to celebrity cameos galore, barebones but incredibly effective SFX, original music, and more. If you are a fan of Bruce Campbell, you may get more from this than the average viewer, but I am not a super-fan or anything and I really enjoy it.
My Name is Bruce comes recommended.
© C Harris Lynn, 2011