Writing Challenge #3 – Review something – The Boy Next Door

Pet and I saw The Boy Next Door when it was out in theatres a while back, so that will be the topic of today’s post, which was to review a book, movie, or something else.

The Boy Next Door starring Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman is 1 hour, 31 minutes and is rated R. The official synopsis I found reads as follows: “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.”

Now, I’ll be honest. This movie isn’t exactly winning any awards. It has 4.4/10 stars on IMDB and 11% on Rotten Tomatoes. I knew going in that this wasn’t going to be Oscar material, and I assume Jennifer Lopez knew as much when she signed her contract. That said, I actually really enjoyed the movie. It was dark, sexy, and fun. I enjoy a good low grade movie (does this count as a B-movie?) when it doesn’t take itself too seriously, which this one didn’t. Ryan Guzman is hot, Jennifer Lopez is hot, and Claire spends a few good long minutes in her bra and panties while Noah pleases her sexually, and I remember being surprised at how graphic the movie gets. There are several scenes that are supposed to be tense and scary, but Pet just thought they were sexy, where Noah gets aggressive with Claire while he’s stalking her. (They stressed me out a bit.) My only complaint about the movie is that they confused allergies with asthma – Claire’s son has allergies that require an epi pen, but the things that set off his allergic reactions are things like physical exertion. The epi pen was essential to the climax of the movie though, so I recognize why they needed it. It just would have been nice to see the writing address actual allergies, rather than what presented as asthma.

Overall, I’d give the movie a good 3/5 stars. I enjoyed it, not despite the campy quality but because of it.

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