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Intentional or not, it's hard to imagine that there was another film released in UK cinemas last Friday in which sex was less sexy than in It Follows, a terrific lo-fi horror film that comes highly recommended by all accounts.
And yet, last Friday also saw the release of Rob Cohen's The Boy Next Door, an erotic thriller that isn't as sexually charged as it is accidentally hilarious. For all intents and purposes, the film plays like an episode of the How Did This Get Made podcast waiting to happen.
At the start, high school teacher Claire Peterson (Jennifer Lopez) is a single mum who's mulling over whether or not she should get back together with her cheating ex-husband Garrett (John Corbett). Enter Noah, (Ryan Guzman) a »
If I tell you that The Boy Next Door has more in common with The Room and Troll 2 than the work of Alfred Hitchcock, would you consider that a good thing? Don’t bother answering because of course you would. Both films are masterworks of a certain kind of tone, and while Jennifer Lopez’s latest acting effort may not ever reach the same cult status of either, I would say it’s more than a worthy successor to their legacy. That legacy specifically being one of films that are received in more or less the opposite way to how their creators conceived.
Going into this film on the premise and trailer alone, I was fully expecting a tedious, melodramatic thriller that builds to a ludicrous »
- Mark Allen
Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in The Boy Next Door, a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Scripted by Barbara Curry, The Boy Next Door is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas of Nuyorican Productions, Benny Medina of The Medina Company and John Jacobs of Smart Entertainment.
–The Making of The Boy Next Door
You can read our thoughts on The Boy Next Door here and pre-order via Amazon here.
- Scott J. Davis
She sings, she dances, she's on the American Idol judging panel and, on the odd occasion, she acts. Considering the super-busy Jennifer Lopez only makes a film once every couple of years (her last screen outing was 2013's second-tier Statham vehicle Parker), you'd think she'd be a little more discerning in her choice of roles. After watching the abysmal Boy Next Door, that red-hot breakthrough in Out of Sight feels firmly out of mind.
Her latest has aspirations to be the kind of slick and stylish adult thriller popularised in the '80s and '90s, but ends up imploding thanks to a clunky script, off-key performances and a tone that swings wildly between ultra-serious and camp comedy. If Gone Girl was the perfect example of how to make »
The Boy Next Door, 2015
Directed by Rob Cohen
A newly divorced woman falls for a younger man who has recently moved in across the street from her, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn.
Those disappointed that Jupiter Ascending and Fifty Shades of Grey didn’t provide them with endless amounts of unintentional comedy, then The Boy Next Door is here to save the day. With an unmissable stench of “straight to video”, The Boy Next Door is an “erotic thriller” with ludicrous plot holes, laughably bad dialogue and a tremendously awful villainous performance. In short, it’s terrible.
One hopes that Jennifer Lopez was not planning on this to be the movie that revives her career, but it was clearly a project she thought had legs. She’s not only a producer on the movie, »
- Luke Owen
Director: Rob Cohen
Running Time: 91 minutes
Synopsis: Claire Peterson (Lopez) sets about getting her life in order after her husband has an affair. But after a one night fling with the attractive, smart, and caring young man from next door, she finds he’s not quite the sweetheart she’d thought.
If Jennifer Lopez is looking for confirmation that she is still damn sexy, then she can rest easy. It’s confirmed. But with her recent song Booty and now The Boy Next Door, where she also acts as producer, there is a slight whiff of the world’s most needless midlife crisis. Every shot in The Boy Next Door serves to remind us of her curves and general beautifulness. Her costumes too are chosen for no other reason than to show herself off. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Boy Next Door Universal Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C Director: Rob Cohen Screenwriter: Barbara Curry Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Ian Nelson, John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth Screened at: AMC Lincoln Square, NYC, 1/21/15 Opens: January 23, 2015 When Judy Garland was twenty-two years of age she starred in “Meet Me in St. Louis” which takes place during the 1904 world’s fair. If you’re of a certain age or if you’re young and into musicals, you recall her singing Vincent Youman’s lyrics, “How can I ignore/ The boy next door/ I love him more than I can say…/And he doesn’t even glance [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Thursday night's series finale of Parenthood left many fans with tears streaming down their face. Between Zeek's (Craig T. Nelson) death and Hank (Ray Romano) and Sarah's (Lauren Graham) wedding, the finale made it hard to say goodbye. Good news, we have more Bravermans for you! Check out these deleted scenes that didn't make it into the very last episode. In this first clip, Seth (John Corbett) returns to meet his new grandson. "I want to be in his life. I want to be a better grandpa to him than I was to you and Drew if you give me that chance, »
- Alexandra Zaslow, @alexandrazaslow
If you have any tissues leftover from Thursday’s Parenthood series finale, we’ve found a good use for them.
NBC has released three deleted scenes from the drama’s last two episodes, including John Corbett’s return as Seth, who surprises Sarah and Amber with a visit to see his grandson.
Also featured in the videos below: The Braverman kids roast Sarah for the men she’s dated since moving back home — who else completely forgot about the forklift guy from Tns? — and Ruby gives her dad some crucial fashion advice before he ties the knot.
One scene that »
Viewers bid “Parenthood” a tearful farewell last night (leading the beloved drama to its best demo ratings in three seasons), but you can spend a little extra time with the Braverman clan thanks to three deleted scenes NBC just released from the series finale.
Perhaps the most satisfying clip for longtime fans comes as an extension of a scene in Amber’s (Mae Whitman) apartment, in which her father Seth (John Corbett) pays a surprise visit to meet his grandson, Zeek.
In a second deleted scene, the Braverman siblings share a family dinner with their parents before Sarah’s (Lauren Graham) wedding, and the family takes the opportunity to roast the bride-to-be over her long list of exes.
In the final clip, Hank (Ray Romano) struggles to dress for the big day, sharing a sweet moment with his daughter.
While it’s hard to say goodbye, creator Jason Katims didn »
- Laura Prudom
Last night's "Parenthood" series finale (my review is here) featured a whole lot of new developments for the Bravermans, but it didn't have room for everything Jason Katims and company shot. In an interview with TVLine, Katims alluded to several scenes he found painful to cut, including the first meeting between Amber and Scott Porter's single dad character, as well as the return of John Corbett as Sarah's ex-husband Seth, who comes back to town to get a first look at his grandson. NBC just released a trio of deleted scenes from the episode, and while the Amber/Jason Street scene isn't one of them, Seth's poignant return is: In a more amusing vein: the Original Six Bravermans get together before Sarah's nuptials, mainly so they can recall the many, many, many other men she had flings with over the life of the series before she met Hank: Finally, »
- Alan Sepinwall
“It’s a big episode, and there was a lot of story to tell,” Katims said of the swan song. “We had to make several really brutal cuts in order to get the show to time, and that’s even with the network giving us some extra screen time, which was wonderful.”
Among the scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor: a sweet sequence between John Corbett’s Seth and his newborn grandson, as well as »
Jennifer Lopez takes on a role unlike any other we’ve seen her play before in Rob Cohen’s new psychological thriller, “The Boy Next Door,” directed from a screenplay by Barbara Curry. When Claire (Lopez) parts ways with her cheating husband (John Corbett) of 18 years, her handsome young neighbor (Ryan Guzman) makes his move on […]
- Sheila Roberts
This week Jennifer Lopez stars in "The Boy Next Door," a suburban psychosexual thriller where Lopez plays a recently separated teacher who has an affair with the (legally of-age) boy next door (Ryan Guzman), only to find her on the receiving end of brutal harassment and some profane graffiti (among other things). This is a movie that is so bad that it eclipse its own awfulness and becomes kind of good again. If I had seen it on opening night, in a packed theater full of screaming, susceptible fans, then I probably would have had the time of my life with it. Instead, I was in a stuffy midtown screening room and while there were certainly jolts of approval from the everyday folks the studio sneaked in, it was hard not to snicker in derision every chance we could.
If you're not going to see "Boy Next Door," or maybe »
- Drew Taylor
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 16th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide The Boy Next Door Director: Rob Cohen Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth Synopsis: "A psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes too far." Cake Director: Daniel Barnz Cast: Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Jennifer Aniston, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Adriana Barraza Synopsis: "While struggling with her own trauma, a woman in a chronic-pain support group begins to investigate the suicide of a fellow group member and develops an unexpected relationship with the woman’s husband." Criticwire Grade Average: B- (16 reviews) The Loft Director: Erik Van Looy Cast: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rhona Mitra Synopsis: "The story of five guys who »
- Steve Greene
Universal Pictures released their new drama/thriller flick, "The Boy Next Door" into theaters today, and the top,major movie critics have delivered their reviews. It turns out that most of them just didn't take to it too well, giving it an overall 31 score out of a possible 100 across 27 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The movie stars: Kristin Chenoweth, John Corbett, Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman. We've added blurbs from a couple of the critics, below. Claudia Puig at USA Today, gave it a 63 score, stating: "Predictable and foolishly unsuspecting characters react in ways that make you want to shake them. But there's an undeniable sense of silly fun in this erotic thriller." Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 58 grade. He said: "Boy's premise reeks of stalker-movie mothballs, and it's too timid to fully dive into the high camp it hints at. Instead, this cookie just crumbles. »
Whether or not you will like The Boy Next Door will be largely determined by your reaction to the film’s trailer. Yes, the trailer makes the movie seem like it’s standard sexy-stalker fare (which, to be honest, it basically is), but there are a few moments in there which make you realize how devilishly tongue-in-cheek it is—most notably, a particular moment at the end of the trailer.
Let me set the stage for you: A lonely would-be-divorcée is secretly confronted in her own dining room in the presence of her own son by the psycho teenage hunk with whom she had an illicit one-night stand and whom is now blackmailing her. The tension builds, the son stays ignorant to what exactly is going on, and the son then proceeds to innocently ask if the psycho teenage hunk wants some chocolate chip cookies the mother baked. Cue the »
- Sean Hutchinson
Some movies are so much better than the sum of their parts that they defy easy explanation. A director suddenly shifts his visual style; an actor shows a previously unknown knack for comedy or drama; a screenwriter breathes life into a property we all assumed was dead. We marvel at the result, talk about how it never should have happened, and praise those involved for safeguarding their creativity against the corporate machinations of the industry. These films demonstrate the success of art in the face of commerce. And then there are movies like The Boy Next Door, which could only exist in a place like Hollywood. It takes a special kind of ignorance to think that Jennifer Lopez and Kristin Chenoweth’s characters are believable as best friends or that the 27-year-old Ryan Guzman would get carded in a bar, let alone be a high school student. This is a film that sets up the titular boy »
- Matthew Monagle
The unusually stupid The Boy Next Door is a ‘bunnyboiler’, a Fatal Attraction-inspired thriller that teaches a valuable lesson about the dangers of hooking up with nutjobs. Jennifer Lopez plays Claire Peterson, a 40-ish teacher living with her 16-year old son Kevin (Ian Nelson) after kicking out her cheating husband (John Corbett). Her foray back to the dating scene is a disaster so she soon turns her attentions to Noah (Ryan Guzman) a hunky 19-year old who has moved in with his ailing Grandpa next door (and whose biceps are introduced before he his). At first Noah is a perfect gentleman. He repairs her garage door, replaces her alternator, and helps Kevin, who’s being bullied at school, gain the confidence to ask out the cutie that works at the local hardware store. After pie and flirting and cookies, Claire and Noah finally knock boots one night while Kevin is away with dad. »
- Tom Stockman
Chicago – There was a different kind of vibe coming from the thriller “The Boy Next Door,” different than what is expected when hearing “Jennifer Lopez as teacher caught in a scandal with a student.” But for every piece of original thinking, there was a fear of making it too different.
A Jennifer Lopez film that is willing to have a steamy J-Lo love scene, a new attitude for the typical male high school dream boat, plus inappropriate violence and nudity can’t be all bad, especially when anticipating (or not) a flick with Lopez’s name above the title. There are a few – dare I say – Hitchcockian nuggets in the scenario, with some of them actually landing, but overall the necessity to make everything come out right for the J-Lo character was enough to torpedo the overall result. This is not a bad film, but it is lacking.
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