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The Boys Next Door (1986)





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The "boys next door" are Roy Alston (Maxwell Caulfield) and Bo Richards (Charlie Sheen), typical California teens freshly graduated from high school. Daunted by the prospect of the real world, the boys decide to go on one last fling in L.A. But it's not all clean, wholesome fun; in fact, Caulfield and Sheen launch their weekend bash by beating up a gas-station attendant, throwing a glass bottle at an old woman, and murdering gay-bar patron Chris (Paul C. Dancer). Somewhere along the line, Bo becomes repelled by their violence spree, but Roy seems to be sexually aroused by all the misery he's causing. And so it goes, without real rhyme or reason, until the bloody denouement. Director Penelope Spheeris later helmed Wayne's World, The Little Rascals, and The Beverly Hillbillies.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Glen Morgan, James Wong
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 2002
Anchor Bay Entertainment


Charlie Sheen
as Bo Richards
Christopher McDonald
as Detective Mark Woods
Hank Garrett
as Detective Hanley
Lesa Lee
as Girlfriend
Don Draper
as Mr. Heaton
Blackie Dammett
as Bartender
Grant Heslov
as Joe Gonzales
Vance Colvig
as Old Man
Claudia Templeton
as Girl at Beach
Ron Ross
as Drunk
Helen Brown
as Old Woman at Beach
Sarah Lilly
as Female Officer
Jimmy Ford
as Bob the Jock
Joseph M. Cala
as Gas Station Owner
Mary Tiffany
as Woman #1
Joseph Michael Cala
as Gas Station Owner
Mark Stanton
as Student #1
Kevi Kendall
as Student #2
Christina Beck
as Punk Girl
John Davey
as Watkins
Geof Brewer
as Security Guard
John Escobar
as Policeman #1
Ray Lykins
as Policeman #2
Jadie David
as Security Guard
Texacala Jones
as Street Band Member
Pinkie Tessa
as Street Band Member
Maggie Ehrig
as Street Band Member
Tequila Mockingbird
as Street Band Member
Ted Quinn
as Street Band Member
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Critic Reviews for The Boys Next Door

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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June 26, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Boys Next Door

Penelope Spheeris' The Boys Next Door is a pretty good crime thriller starring a young Charlie Sheen in an impressive performance. The film starts off a bit too slow, but steadily builds up to a good final. This is not a perfect picture, but is nonetheless impressive in its acting, storytelling and directing, especially considering that director Spheeris would start making bland films after 1992's comedy classic Wayne's World, along with that film, this among her strongest efforts, and it's a shame her career in the 1990's would suffer the way it did, but at least she managed to make a few good film, and The Boys Next Door is one of them. The film could have been better in some areas, but for what it is, it's a well crafted picture that manages to be riveting from start to finish. If you enjoy a good crime drama, you're sure to enjoy this, it's not a great film, but it's a pleasant time waster for what it's worth. Charlie Sheen was far better as an actor in his younger years, and he displayed a charisma that just lights up the screen. I enjoyed the film for what it was, and though it may seem a bit dated, it still is worth seeing if you enjoy Sheen's early work. I felt that the story was good and that it could have been a bit longer. The biggest issue with this film is that it tries to compress way too much material into a short run time, therefore it falls short of it potential, and it never becomes the crime film that it deserves to be. Despite its imperfections, The Boys Next Door is a well crafted picture that is much better than you would think. But in the end, it could have been a great, memorable picture, nonetheless it's quite entertaining and like I've said, is worth seeing.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

A good teenage drama based on real life serial killers. It really makes you more paranoid about people you might run into on the streets. Sheen and Caulfield are really good in this movie as the two troubled teens. And the ending is both realistic and satisfying. This is a good movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


from the lady that brought you "the decline of western civilization," "suburbia," and "wayne's world," this movie is like a homoerotic version of "badlands" that doesn't bother at all with the 'why' behind all the rage. the two sociopaths at the center of the story remind me of a few people i knew in high school and after, minus all the killing (at least as far as i know). it kinda creeped me out. also, anyone that doesn't get "drive" should probably watch this as it's totally a template for later style pieces that reinvent los angeles as all grime, all crime, all the time. pretty cool.

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