If Jennifer Lopez would stop it with the lip gloss and the perfect eye shadow and her need to look like a Revlon ad while the barn is burning, one could take her more seriously as an actress. Her acting in The Boy Next Door is a-okay, but her vanity is a problem. Or is it her insecurity? If she could trust herself and that she has fine acting chops, she would not need to be so concerned with her appearance. She kind of reminds me of a female George Hamilton: perfectly manicured, which is a turn off until one gets to know the heart beating beneath this obsession with self.
Ms. Lopez plays a school teacher who has an affair with the boy next door. Well, it's more like a quickie. And some boy! Ryan Guzman as Noah Sandborn is hotter than hot as the psychopathic neighbor. Claire Petersen is the alias for Ms. Lopez who is an English teacher -- the classics.