The Boy Next Door

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Critics Consensus:The Boy Next Doormay get a few howls out of fans of stalker thrillers, but for most viewers, it wont even rise to so bad its good status.

Critics Consensus:The Boy Next Doormay get a few howls out of fans of stalker thrillers, but for most viewers, it wont even rise to so bad its good status.

Critic Consensus:The Boy Next Doormay get a few howls out of fans of stalker thrillers, but for most viewers, it wont even rise to so bad its good status.

Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in The Boy Next Door, a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) and written by Barbara Curry, the film also stars Ryan Guzman, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth. (C) Universal

R (for violence, sexual content/nudity and language.)

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Jennifer Lopez has serious beefcake issues in this lazy, low-budget, not-as-much-fun-as-it-should-be potboiler.

Its all hilariously ridiculous, but bless J.Lo for trying her mightiest to sell it. If someones going to bring sultriness to suburbia, it might as well be Jenny from the Block.

I havent seen a bigger mess in wide release since Dana Carveys career-terminating The Master of Disguise.

There are many grades of terrible in Hollywood, and this is pretty nearly the worst.

Its badly directed, poorly edited, and features some of the most unconvincing acting this side of a soup commercial.

You always have to wonder why anybody says yes to a project like this one, but its a particularly strange choice on Lopezs part, since shes done her best work in movies that dare to empower her.

This is about as awful as films get.

Perhaps the worst of the film is in the moralizing that inhabits it. [Full review in Spanish]

Culminating into a horrendously gore-filled climax, this shallow movie offers nothing new and is infuriatingly tiresome to sit through.

With no real plot and layers of absurdity, there is nothing serious about the seriousness the characters place in themselves.

The 1990s were notorious for trashy lightweight thrillers that traded solely on the possibility of glimpsing their high-profile female leads in a steamy scene. Twenty years on, it feels like weve learnt nothing.

Theres funny-haha, and funny-strange, but the howler that is The Boy Next Door lands solidly in the category of funny-please-just-shoot-me-now.

The Hollywood pitch for this movie was probably something like… its Fatal Attraction but instead of a married man being stalked its Americas favorite MILF, Jennifer Lopez. If that sounds crude… well… so is this movie. Crude in its script and production. Its too bad that the subject matter – a middle-aged woman allows herself to be seduced by a high school student – wasnt taken more seriously. Instead, everything is played for cheap thrills and the movie cant even deliver those.

Jennifer Lopez stars in The Boy Next Door, a mediocre psychological thriller. After separating from her husband a lonely housewife named Claire Peterson has an illicit affair with a young man whos recently moved in next door to take care of his infirmed uncle; but when Claire tries to break off the relationship he becomes obsessive and violent. Its really a formulaic plot, and the characters are little more than clichd stereotypes. Additionally, the performances are piss-poor; especially Lopez. However, Rob Cohens directing is pretty good: bringing tension to the scenes and creating a sinister undertone. While its able to deliver a few thrills, The Boy Next Door is a generic and uninspired film.

I was really looking forward to seeing this as I love a good psycho thriller. I have liked a few of Jennifer Lopezs movies too over the years. Wow. So glad I rented this before buying. How disappointing. Though the ingredients are all there, it just doesnt quite work. Its not scary, the guy isnt that convincing. And the ending is abrupt. Other movies in this genre are so much better. Even the much criticised Swimfan was better than this. Much better. I dont know, maybe I like it better when its a crazy girl doing this crap.

View my full thoughts here: What happened to you Rob Cohen? Dating back to the early days of the 2000s, he began his feature film career with The Fast and the Furious, and only going downhill from there, he directs this film in one of his weakest attempts yet. Being shot in only 25 days, The Boy Next Door follows a teacher who is going through a rough patch with a cheating husband and a son who gets picked on in school. When a new kid moves in with his uncle next door, a little fling slowly turns into an obsession between them and so the cliched plot ensues. This film is one of the worst films to come out in a while and I have no recollection of any mildly enjoyable moments throughout this film. I mean sure, if you are drunk with some friends you will laugh your ass off at the bombastic plot twists and terrible acting, but that does not make this a good film. Jennifer Lopez is nothing special, Ryan Guzman was fun in the Step Up films, but he has lost his touch as well. Dull filmmaking, horrible script-writing, and acting that is incredibly wooden, The Boy Next Door is an atrocious picture. Stay away.

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