Review: The Boy Next Door

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The Boy Next Door must be hallucinating if he thinks this is a thriller. The film directed by Rob Cohen and starring and produced by Jennifer Lopez is the erotic thriller film you’ve seen innumerable times before but with added unintentional laughs splattered all through it.

The Boy Next Door is about Clare (Jennifer Lopez), a high school English Literature teacher recently separated from her cheating husband who meets the mysterious Noah (Ryan Guzman) who moved next door to help his sick great uncle. Her interest peaked and she gives into temptation with such a delicious young man who gives her a first edition of the Iliad but wait no papyrus well, of course not, as it’s a first edition of a translation of the Iliad. She allows him to devour her when he whispers to her: “No judgement, no rules, just us…let me love you Clare”. Some of the other lines I missed because of the howls of laughter.

The film takes on preposterous plot twists and the ending is just so ludicrous that it left the cinema audience howling with laughter. This is supposedly an erotic thriller of what happens when you make a mistake mixed with all consuming passion yet it doesn’t even manage to step into the shade let alone the light of the inimitable Fatal Attraction. However, I must admit that I haven’t laughed that much whilst watching a thriller and everyone else in the cinema laughed at all the dramatic moments.

If you want to watch a thriller then keep looking. However, if you are in need of a good belly laugh filled evening then The Boy Next Door delivers with it’s absurd and completely predictable “thriller” by numbers film.

In cinemas nationwide from 27 February 2015.

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