Review: 'Boy Next Door' Way Too Predictable

January 22, 2015 7:05 PM

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No good adulterous affair goes unpunished in Hollywood movies. The latest proof is J.Lo starrer "The Boy Next Door," a gender-reversing B-movie spin on "Fatal Attraction" that sets suburban family values against that one night of misguided, irresistible passion. An economically told popcorn pic built from horror-movie tropes, the film stars Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Guzman as, respectively, the world's most glamorous high school teacher and its oldest 19-year-old.

As counterprogramming to awards-focused prestige titles, it offers January moviegoers some guilty-pleasure thrills and laughs, while falling way short of its potential on both the dramatic and the camp fronts. Still, given the star power and the lurid material, the wide release is sure to score at t...

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