‘The Boy Next Door’ is a hard pass.

The Boy Next Door is about a  newly divorced woman falls for a younger man who has recently moved in across the street from her, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn.

It is definitely one of the worst films I have seen this year, or even in recent history. Some movies can be panned by critics but yet still manage to be somewhat an entertaining ride. The Boy Next Door, however, isn’t one of them.

The film opens halfway through a conversation between two characters and if you’re not paying attention, you’ll miss out on a lot of backstory. And since we’re being thrust into the middle of a scene with hardly any context, it wouldn’t be surprising if you missed out on what was going on.

I was physically gagging throughout the film. It was awfully horrid. The script was bad. The acting was bad. It was just a massive disaster. I don’t even know why I put myself through it. With lines like “it was really wet here” and “I love your mother’s cookies” made me realise if something this horribly bad can be made, anyone has a chance in hollywood. And it’s a shame because Kristen Chenoweth will always be in my mind as Glinda the Good Witch from the hit stage musical Wicked and Olive Snook from Pushing Daises.

Almost every single scene was predictable. There was nothing of a surprise, whatsoever. Everything about it was a cliche. And that’s one of the films greatest issues. You’ve seen it all before in a million different ways and this film has nothing different to add to the mix, unlike Fatal Attraction. The fight scenes were unrealistic and the actors looked like they had absolutely no idea what they were doing (which stems from a god awful script and poor directing).

In relation to character development, watching Noah rapidly progress from a friendly alpha male that bonds with Lopez’s son to a flirtatious to a ripped man in his twenties undressing near an open window and then finally concluding into become a vicious psychopath happens before anyone has time to blink or even begin on their popcorn.

I wouldn’t even recommend this film even to the most hardcore Jennifer Lopez fan.

Film-O-Meter: 2/10.


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