Cinema review: The Boy Next Door

Mon, Mar 02, 2015

Jennifer Lopez in The Boy Next Door.

SINCE DRIVE there has been a steady stream of solid, slightly camp, low budget commercial movies. They have not always found the right audience but from 2011’s Hobo With A Shotgun to last years incredible The Guest, there has been a steady flow of B-movie action and erotic thrillers.

Most of these are more entertaining and inventive than the huge budget superhero movies they are competing with for box office revenue and I love to see them succeed. The Boy Next Door attempts to be a sort of modern Fatal Attraction with the genders reversed. That does sound pretty great.

However, noticing it was directed by Rob Cohen I was slightly apprehensive. To call him a one note director would be generous, - he barely has a note to play. He is a studio executive's dream in the sense there is nothing unique and brave about his pictures - he has brought us the instant muck xXx with Vin Diesel and The Fast and The Furious. He is void of anything resembling an artistic voice and his films are extremely safe. They do however, usually make money. The Boy Next Door also has a hilariously bad trailer that really shows all you need to see:


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Cinema review: The Boy Next Door

SINCE DRIVE there has been a steady stream of solid, slightly camp, low budget commercial movies. They have not always found the right audience but from 2011’s Hobo With A Shotgun to last years incredible The Guest, there has been a steady flow of B-movie action and erotic thrillers.

Jennifer Lopez in The Boy Next Door.

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