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The Boy Next Door

Rated R 91 minutes 2015

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.

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Director: Rob Cohen

Producer: Jason Blum, John Jacobs, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Jennifer Lopez, Couper Samuelson, Jeanette Volturno-Brill and Zac Unterman

Cast: 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 and Kari Perdue


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