Genre Guesstimation – My Bodyguard (1980)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Todd of The Forgotten Filmz Podcast and we will be reviewing our favorite 80’s Teen Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Todd!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of 80’s Teen Films…..

“Welcome to your sophomore year. ” – Ms. Jump

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Sep 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A high school student hires a tough classmate to protect him from the school bully.

My Take on it – This is another film that I came across during my research for this month’s genre.

I had actually heard of it before yet never had much desire to see what it was all about.

They actually give us a very intriguing and interesting premise and present it in a very believable way.

They are able to develop the characters really well and that helps make us understand so much more about the reasons why some of the things that are happening occur.

Love the way that this film has a nice mix of serious moments in school with humorous one in the main character’s home life.

The story allows us to get a firmer understanding as to why bullies might act as they do and what kind of things need to be done in order to protect oneself from these kind of situations.

The movie has a great cast with Chris Makepeace, Matt Dillon and Adam Baldwin who are do wonderful jobs with their roles.

Bottom Line – Intriguing premise that is done well. The characters are developed quite well as the story unfolds and we get a clear idea of who they all are and why they act as they do. The film does a nice job of mixing together the serious aspects of the bullying in school with some humorous ones from the main character’s home life. They do a nice job trying to get an understanding as to why bullies act as they do and what kids need to do to try and protect themselves from these kind of situations. Great cast led by Makepeace, Dillon and Baldwin. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Adam Baldwin – who plays the reluctant hero, Ricky Linderman – has a brief cameo in another movie, Drillbit Taylor (2008), which is a comedic version of the whole bodyguard genre. He is seen wearing the exact same outfit from the original classic movie, and scolds the boys who are interviewing him, with a completely ironic line, “Kids hiring a bodyguard, to take care of a bully? Stupidest thing I ever heard!” (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite. Interesting premise that tries to deal with the idea of school bullying and how it can affect teens.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – My Bodyguard (1980)

  1. kick ’em in the coJOnes! terrific movie. Watch closely, one of the kids high school friends, without a single line of dialogue – is a very young and pre-Flashdance Jennifer Beals.


  2. Pingback: Genre Grandeur September Finale – Three O’Clock High (1987) – Forgotten Filmz | MovieRob

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