Let me start off by saying, while we all know Jennifer Lopez is not the best actress I was still pretty hopeful going in to see The Boy Next Door. It’s taken me a few days to compose myself to write this movie review because I wanted to make sure I convey my disappointment clearly and I wanted to give others a fair chance at seeing it without my judgment clouding their experience.
With that said, within the first few minutes of watching The Boy Next Door I was worried… the movie starts out with a very dated and generic made for tv quality look. I was quite confused because I felt like with all the promotion and budget that went into this film it should have looked better. The storyline has a lot of holes in it, it seemed like Jennifer Lopez’s butt was strategically placed at any opportunity possible and like a made for tv movie or soap opera it has a ton of music playing just to fill gaps of time.
If anything The Boy Next Door has solidified that Jennifer Lopez is not made to be a leading lady that carries a movie. While I loved her in Maid in Manhattan or even in The Wedding Planner, the difference here is she didn’t have really great actors to carry her through the movie. If I had been watching The Boy Next Door on tv, I would have changed the channel. It’s never a good sign when you’re in a theater wondering when a movie will finally be over. My positive takeaways… Jennifer Lopez does a fantastic job with the steamy scenes. Sadly that was her most believable acting of the whole film. The also stars Ryan Guzman, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth. I will say it was nice to see Kristin Chenoweth deliver sass in the movie though.
Your Life After 25 gives The Boy Next Door 1/10