When a handsome, charming teenager named Noah (Ryan Guzman) moves in next door, newly separated high-school teacher Claire Peterson (Jennifer Lopez) encourages his friendship and engages in a little bit of harmless (or so she thinks) flirtation. Although Noah spends much of the time hanging out with Claire's son, the teen's attraction to her is palpable. One night, Claire gives in to temptation and lets Noah seduce her, but when she tries to end the relationship, he turns violent.
In California as of the 2013 filming date it was not illegal for a teacher to have sexual relations with a student that was over 18. A bill to make such activity a felony (AB-1861) had been filed in 2012. It failed to pass, so it was never signed into law. See more »
When Claire gets home after the blind date, she sits on the couch and takes out her ponytail. In the next scene, her hair is back in a ponytail. See more »
Written by Alex Clare, James Homes, Robert Homes
Performed by Alex Clare
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For films like this, it's best not to think too much about it
Of course, this is a bad movie. Yet, there are plenty of guilty pleasures to behold here. When I say it's bad, I didn't say I didn't enjoy it. I mean, there's a lot of potential going on. Unfortunately, it leads to a bit disappointing finale. But, it is salvaged by an amount of suspense before the ensuing chaos.
At first, J.Lo... why did she even bother signing on this? I thought that this is too low even for her standards. But, later on, I think that she's pretty committed on doing this role. So, I decided to lay back and enjoy the ride.
Then, along came Ryan Guzman, as the so-called "Boy Next Door". Hmmm... He did a pretty fine job. When the tension ratchets up, he looks threatening convincingly, despite what critics say about his performance.
The supporting casts are good as well. Kristin Chenoweth stood out for me, adding comic relief and zing along the way.
My main criticism is the script. Not only it's a bit sloppy, almost made-for-TV writing, but it falters in the end. There are some characters' action including Lopez's, that's nonsensical and... stupid, actually.
When it comes to nonsensical and stupid, I just wished they would close it with being campy and over-the-top. It doesn't truly reached that level and the result is only a half-baked mess.
But, all those flaws don't matter too much because Rob Cohen's direction are superior than most of his movies, especially his last offering "Alex Cross", although it's his fault too.
For a movie released in January, it's better than expected. But, for a real nerve-wracking thriller, don't get your hopes up too high.
Just watch it for pure brainless entertainment without much to think about. It's not that bad...
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