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Noemi Lozano, Copy Editor

On Friday, Jan. 23, the highly anticipated film, The Boy Next Door, was released. The psychological thriller, described as “erotic,” attracted much attention due to its main actress, Jennifer Lopez.


This being her first main appearance in a movie since 2010, Lopez took on the role of Claire Peterson, a recently cheated on and separated woman who is seduced by a 19-year-old, charismatic sociopath, Noah Sandborn (played by Ryan Guzman).


After a night of chatting, the two find themselves in an extremely heated moment, bringing Kevin to his maximum aggressiveness and obsession towards Claire as she begins to regret the incident. Her one mistake soon puts Claire and her family in danger.


Although, the film has brought in a gross of $31.9 million, it has only received negative reviews and a maximum of 2 stars by popular online movie critics such as Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and IMDb. The film was a predictable rollercoaster of events that resembled any other cliché horror film. The vague plot failed to keep the viewer interested for the entire hour and 31 minutes that the movie was playing. The film finally reached its climax during the last 10 minutes and was taken on with amateur acting.


Overall, this was one of Lopez’s most incompetent movies and referred to as “a new low” for her by many critics.