Flash Movie Review: The Boy Next Door

The woman took a part-time job doing stock at a store, even though the full boxes were hard to carry. She did not care because she needed income to manage her mounting bills. The man traveled across the border to pick up medicines that were not yet approved in his country to combat his illness. The driver was afraid they were not going to make their interview for a job; so they drove over the speed limit and after stopping to look both ways, continued driving through any red traffic lights. Each of these individuals did what they did because they were desperate. I am sure each of us has performed at least one desperate act at some point during our life. Whether you were desperate to finish the race even though your leg was cramping up or you were desperate to get accepted at one particular university so you took on a heavy class load to up your grade point average; we have all been there at some time. One of the definitions for the word desperate says, “involves or employs extreme measures in an attempt to escape defeat or frustration;” another one states, “suffering extreme need or anxiety for money.” Evidently these must be desperate times to have made this film.    JENNIFER Lopez (Maid in Manhattan, The Wedding Planner) played recently divorced mother Claire Peterson. After Noah Sandborn, played by Ryan Guzman (Step Up franchise, Pretty Little Liars-TV) had moved in next door, it was encouraging to see the positive influence he had on her son Kevin, played by Ian Nelson (The Judge, The Hunger Games). The compliments she was getting from Noah were nice to hear also. It was not long until Noah appeared to be part of the family, but which family member? This thriller was wrong on so many levels; I do not know where to begin. So let me start with Jennifer because she was the executive producer. I hope she did not think this role would make Hollywood stand up and notice her as a big dramatic actress. Stripping down to underwear for a scene does not automatically make a person appear vulnerable and dramatic, let alone younger; it takes acting and that is what was missing from this movie. By the way, that goes for everyone. The story was icky to start with and it was made worse by Claire being a school teacher. Kristin Chenoweth (Bewitched, Stranger Than Fiction) had the burden of playing vice principal Vicky Lansing, a clownish cartoonish character. It was horrible because the script was lame to the point of almost being laughable. There were no surprises since it was so predictable. This bad film needed more than a detention, it needed to be expelled.


1 1/2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 26, 2015, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Great. Thanks for the heads up. At least I know not to waste my time. I am often concerned about situations where the trailer is so much better than the movie itself. You end up being filled with regret and precious time gets stolen, not even lost.
    In a way I kind of feel sorry for J-Lo, it seems like a case where her music career ended but she had to do something to maintain income generation, except, her popularity as an actress was not even 1/8 what it was as a musician. This made it astronomically difficult for her to land a role in a decently written script.
    As you pointed out, she was desperate for a job, which is why her role here appears fitting because she could relate to it, but poor because needs to get back in the game.

    • You said it perfectly; on one level it was just sad to watch her in this mess of a movie. I am glad I can save you money but avoiding this movie. Thanks for stopping by to leave your comments, I appreciate it.

  2. Ugh. OK, J-Lo you can be a judge on American Idol or whatever that show is. But this sounds horrible. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Its so sad isn’t it? Stick to what you know Jenny … you are never going to be a Streep so enjoy being who you are. Which is pretty successful on anyones richter scale. I shall avoid wholeheartedly – thanks for the warning!

  4. The moment I saw the name Jennifer Lopez and the word “dramatic” I was certain this wasn’t going to be a movie I wanted to see. Thanks.

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