Superstar Jennifer Lopez returns to the big screen in the sexy thrill ride, “The Boy Next Door.” Directed by Rob Cohen, “Boy” is an updated take on a familiar set-up: an emotionally vulnerable older woman has a romantic tryst with a seemingly sensitive younger man–only things aren’t always what they seem. Romance turns to psycho-sexual torment and only two questions remain. How far will this young lothario go in his obsessive quest? And how far will our heroine go to save her family and her own life?
Lopez turns in a good performance as Claire, a newly separated single mom to son Kevin (Ian Nelson). As Claire sashays about her cozy California home and the high school where she is an English Lit teacher, you have to wonder why her husband Garett (John Corbett) would ever stray.
Things become complicated when gorgeous Noah (Ryan Guzman), her neighbor’s newly orphaned teenage grandson, moves in next door. His generosity, intelligence and charm are an entrancing mix for Claire and Kevin, both of whom are reeling from the loss of a man around the house.
After a disastrous blind date engineered by her saucy friend and vice principal Vicky (Kristin Chenowith) she lets her self be seduced by the intense and brooding Noah.
However, it turns out that Noah is the sexiest, most ripped poetic sociopath ever. Kevin has also fallen under his spell. As her husband tries to reconcile with the family Noah exacts his revenge on everyone. His tech savvy skills are put to good use in blackmail and stalking Claire and also sabotage. In Noah’s obsessive mind he has been betrayed but will let Claire get another chance at “love.”
Unfortunately she and Vicky decide to become amateur detectives but they are no match for Noah, who has honed his penchant for violence.
Director Rob Cohen keeps the action moving. There are enough scary moments to give anyone a jolt. Lopez and Guzman give off plenty of sparks, smolder in passionate scenes and are totally believable as a dangerous liaison. “The Boy Next Door” is a guilty pleasure type movie for a date night or fun girls’ night out.
DIRECTOR: Rob Cohen SCREENWRITER: Barbara Curry CAST: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth, Ian Nelson