After an erotic encounter with a strange woman, healthy high-schooler Jeremy Capello begins having strange experiences and cravings. It is only until he is informed by a man named Modoc that he understands he is turning into a vampire. And soon these changes begin to affect Jeremy's liking for a nerdy girl Darla, as well as attract the attention of a mad vampire hunter.
And we're right back to that magical world of the 80's where action flicks ruled and movies were largely compiled of cheese. This one follows the latter. The acting from Robert Sean Leonard as Jeremy is done quite nicely, and really draws us into liking our typical straight-arrow teenage main character. Unfortunately the remainder of the cast fails to hold up the standard Leonard sets. His parents, played by Kenneth Kimmins and Fannie Flagg, serve as an amusing side-plot, but fail to put forth the theatrical effort when it counts. His friend Ralph (Evan Mirand) and girl Darla (Cheryl Pollak) give better performances. Not by much, but the mood is very rarely spoiled. Sadly the best supporting performances came from those with the least amount of screen time. David Warner plays the mad Professor McCarthy well while he and his partner Grimsdyke (played by Paul Wilson) provide much of the driving narrative and a good share of the comedy. The plot is simple enough; kid gets turned into a vampire and has to deal with it along with the everyday problems of a regular teenager. The script is a fine little comedy rolling on wheels of Gorgonzola, delivering a steady flow of modest campy humor without detracting from the story. The goal of which was to cover all the bases of a basic teenage lifestyle and the effects being a vampire can have on them, in which it succeeds. This take on vampires is an interesting one; the film takes care to fully flesh-out it out and makes it work well with the comedic feel without ridiculing or spoiling other ideas of vampires. In my book it's a successful teenage satire that also happens to be an interesting vampire tale. Being an 80's film, it's drenched in nostalgia-inducing music that nicely compliments the light air of the film. There are a few bad cuts here and there along with a plethora of small technical errors alongside them, but they hardly put down the film. What does put down the film is the ending. Prepare to open the mozzarella floodgates for this disappointing conclusion where just about every flaw of the film comes to a head. Thankfully it is a swift cap to an otherwise guilty-pleasure film. Overall it's nothing great. But it is a nice, fluffy, 80's popcorn flick with some decent simple humor and a fun script. The supporting cast performances are a bit spotty, but thankfully overshadowed by the fine work from Robert Leonard. Even if you can't stand it, it only lasts for a normal 90 minutes. I give "My Best Friend is a Vampire" 5.5 pints of pig blood out of 10.