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The Boy Next Door (2015)

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A woman, separated from her unfaithful husband, falls for a younger man who has moved in next door, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Allie Callahan
Principal Edward Warren
Mr. Sandborn
Detective Johnny Chou (as Francois Chau)
Mr. Avenido


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A moment she couldn't resist, an obsession he can't control. See more »


Romance | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexual content/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cercana obsesión  »

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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,910,105, 25 January 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,385,560, 8 March 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first edition of Homer`s The Illiad that Noah gives to Claire is a first edition of Alexander Pope`s 1715 translation of this classic Greek poem. See more »


In the scene where the Challenger crashes, the car is heard to accelerate even though the driver's foot was not on the accelerator. See more »


Claire Peterson: [to Noah] Stay away from me and stay away from my son!
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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.128 (2014) See more »


Written by Rob Arbelo
Performed by Dinosaur Murals
Courtesy of Bleed101
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For films like this, it's best not to think too much about it
12 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

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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