The Boy Next Door


The Boy Next Door

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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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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

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Jennifer Lopez
as Claire Peterson
Ryan Guzman
as Noah Sandborn
John Corbett
as Garrett Peterson
Ian Nelson
as Kevin Peterson
Kristin Chenoweth
as Vicky Lansing
Lexi Atkins
as Allie Callahan
Hill Harper
as Principal Edward Warren
Jack Wallace
as Mr. Sandborn
Adam Hicks
as Jason Zimmer
François Chau
as Detective Johnny Chou
Kent Avenido
as Mr. Avenido
Chad Bullard
as Chad the Bully
Forrest Hoffman
as Forrest the Bully
Brandon Rush
as Paramedic
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Critic Reviews for The Boy Next Door

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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.

Aldo Gandia
Aldo Gandia

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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.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

View my full thoughts here: What happened to you Rob Cohen? Dating back to the early days of the 2000's, 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 get's 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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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