The Boy Next Door (2015)
The Boy Next Door (2015)
Critic Consensus: The Boy Next Door may get a few howls out of fans of stalker thrillers, but for most viewers, it won't even rise to "so bad it's good" status.
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Critic Reviews for The Boy Next Door
Jennifer Lopez has serious beefcake issues in this lazy, low-budget, not-as-much-fun-as-it-should-be potboiler.
I haven't seen a bigger mess in wide release since Dana Carvey's career-terminating The Master of Disguise.
There are many grades of terrible in Hollywood, and this is pretty nearly the worst.
It's 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 it's a particularly strange choice on Lopez's part, since she's done her best work in movies that dare to empower her.
Audience Reviews for The Boy Next Door
The Hollywood pitch for this movie was probably something like... "it's Fatal Attraction but instead of a married man being stalked it's America's favorite MILF, Jennifer Lopez." If that sounds crude... well... so is this movie. Crude in its script and production. It's too bad that the subject matter - a middle-aged woman allows herself to be seduced by a high school student - wasn't taken more seriously. Instead, everything is played for cheap thrills and the movie can't 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 who's 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. It's really a formulaic plot, and the characters are little more than clichéd stereotypes. Additionally, the performances are piss-poor; especially Lopez. However, Rob Cohen's directing is pretty good: bringing tension to the scenes and creating a sinister undertone. While it's 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 Lopez's movies too over the years. Wow. So glad I rented this before buying. How disappointing. Though the ingredients are all there, it just doesn't quite work. It's not scary, the guy isn't 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 don't know, maybe I like it better when it's a crazy girl doing this crap.
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