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 »
When the EMTs are loading Kevin into the ambulance after the climactic barn fight scene, you can very clearly see the camera in the reflection of the window of the ambulance for two or three seconds. See more »
My friend and I had a blast at this movie last Friday, but not for the reason you would expect. We literally laughed through the entire film - and what was even more fun was that the entire theater was laughing, too. The dialogue and plot were so thin and badly written, and the intense scenes so implausible, that it was hilarious. As the movie ended, I think all of us sat staring at the screen wondering if that really was the ending - that the credits were about to prove it was all over - that me, my friend, and the entire theater, cracked up all over again.
So, I have absolutely no regrets about paying money to see it. It was fun in its own right.
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