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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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Rob Cohen

Writer:

Barbara Curry
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lopez ... Claire Peterson
Ryan Guzman ... Noah Sandborn
Ian Nelson ... Kevin Peterson
John Corbett ... Garrett Peterson
Kristin Chenoweth ... Vicky Lansing
Lexi Atkins ... Allie Callahan
Hill Harper ... Principal Edward Warren
Jack Wallace ... Mr. Sandborn
Adam Hicks ... Jason Zimmer
François Chau ... Detective Johnny Chou (as Francois Chau)
Bailey Chase ... Benny
Kent Avenido ... Mr. Avenido
Travis Schuldt ... Ethan
Brian Mahoney ... Couper
Raquel Gardner ... Barbara
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Storyline

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.

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Her mistake. His obsession. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cercana obsesión See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,910,105, 25 January 2015

Gross USA:

$35,423,380

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,425,855
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Noah gives Claire a copy of "The Iliad". Claire gasps that it's a first edition that must have cost a fortune. Noah jokes that it cost a buck at a garage sale. Claire, being a classics teacher, should know that "The Iliad" a 3,000-year-old ancient Greek poem attributed to Homer and was passed down as an oral tradition. The oldest and most complete manuscript dates from the 10th century. The "first edition" given to Claire is hardbound and written in English. See more »

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Claire Peterson: One more question, Detective. Um, was this a 2006 minivan?
Detective Johnny Chou: Yeah, that's exactly what it is.
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Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical version is cut by 2 seconds to reduce a moment of eye-gouging during the climax to secure a '15' rating. The DVD is uncut and has a '18' rating. See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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For films like this, it's best not to think too much about it
12 February 2015 | by kshiradSee 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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