The Boy Next Door Review



Title Of The Film: The Boy Next Door

Year It Came Out: 2015

Genre: Mystery & Suspense 

Director(s): Rob Cohen & Neill Fearnley

Lead Actors: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett, Ian Nelson, Kristin Chenoweth, Lexi Atkins, Hill Harper, Adam Hicks

I saw this film about 3 weeks ago but not managed to put up a review yet. I’m not sure if it’s still in cinemas but if it is, then this might be the review that decide that do I, don’t I feeling.

Clare separates with her husband after he was caught cheating with a secretary. Her colleague and best friend Vicky, urges her to get a divorce.  Through her wheelchair bound neighbour Clare meets teenager Noah. Clare’s teenage son Kevin, gets befriended by Noah and begins attending his school. Noah is drawn to Clare and joins the literature class she teaches. When Kevin goes away with his dad, Clare goes on a double date with Vicky and her boyfriend and his friend. With the date ending miserably she returns home. Noah calls Clare over to help him cook. As the night goes on, Noah flirts with Clare and she gives in and they have sex. Little did she know that, that one mistake, was going to have a big impact on her life for as long as Noah was around.  

Ryan Guzman plays the stalker brilliantly. This role is different from other roles he’s played for example Step Up Miami Heat, and I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of him in the future. He portrayed his character and feelings really well to the audience. Jenni from the block also turns out to be a good actress as well as singer. She really gets into her character too.

What I liked about the film was the idea of doing a plot about a stalker. Some of the innuendos are quite funny as well. It’s got quite a lot of suspense, so if you like being kept on the edge of your seat, this is something you might like. I think the characters work well together, like the relationship between Clare and Kevin, you can see they have a rocky mother and son relationship. 

What I didn’t like was the ending. Really lame. I thought it would be more imaginative and if it was, then I would of rated this higher. The ending definitely let the film down. I’m glad I’ve seen it but I think it’s one of those films where once you’ve seen it once, you don’t need to see it again. This is a shame really as this has potential to be better.

My Film Rating: 6.5/10

A x


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