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The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door

You can read this review of the new Jennifer Lopez vehicle, or you can take the word of the woman I passed in the lobby after the preview, who was drawing a small crowd with her exclamations of "Horrible! Horrible! Horrible!" She’s right, though I would probably add a few more horribles. The story is a gender inversion of Fatal Attraction (1987), filtered through a few recent scandals in which female high school teachers were caught fooling around with male students: the heroine (Lopez) is seduced by a charming hunk (Ryan Guzman) who's just transferred to her school, but he turns psycho on her when she rejects his subsequent advances. The ragged corrective editing gives a good indication of how badly this thing went off track during production; I haven't seen a bigger mess in wide release since Dana Carvey's career-terminating The Master of Disguise (2002). Rob Cohen directed; with Kristin Chenoweth and John Corbett.



  • Rob Cohen


  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Ryan Guzman
  • John Corbett
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • Ian Nelson
  • Lexi Atkins
  • Hill Harper
  • Jack Wallace
  • Adam Hicks
  • Francois Chau
  • Bailey Chase
  • Kent Avenido
  • Travis Schuldt
  • Brian Mahoney
  • Raquel Gardner
  • Kari Perdue


  • Jason Blum
  • John Jacobs
  • Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas
  • Benny Medina
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Couper Samuelson
  • Jeanette Volturno-Brill
  • Zac Unterman

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