The love life of Charlotte is reduced to an endless string of disastrous blind dates, until she meets the perfect man, Kevin. Unfortunately, his merciless mother will do anything to destroy their relationship.
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.
Director Rob Cohen, who had previously made very expensive Hollywood blockbusters, was approached by producer Jason Blum who had made a name for himself by producing high-quality films on a very modest budget. Blum offered him the director's position for 'The Boy Next Door' on a 4.2 million budget, promising Cohen a percentage of prospective profits. Despite a critical drubbing from critics, the movie still made over 50 million dollars at the box office, earning Cohen between 1.5 and 2 million dollars for a mere 24 days of shooting. 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 »
Hey, Peterson! Your movie was on Turner Classics last night. The Wiz. It's like the black version of The Wizard of Oz. The Wizards of Waverly Place are on tomorrow.
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This is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination. The plot is trite, the characters thinly drawn, the dialogue inane and the acting is more wooden than Pinocchio. Clearly it's just a vanity project for Jennifer Lopez.
There are some very strange elements that occur during the movie which lead me to think that perhaps a lot of content was left on the cutting room floor. Heck, if they wanted to create quality I think they should have left the whole movie on the floor! This film bills itself as an erotic thriller...Trust me, there's nothing erotic or thrilling about this film.
All that said though, I almost died of laughter watching this, and for that, I'm giving it two out of ten stars. If you want to have a good laugh, either with friends or by yourself, you could do worse than 'THE BOY NEXT DOOR'.
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