The Boy Next Door (PG) ***

Hormones  have a habit of creating  havoc on teens. Shock waves engulf an otherwise normal family in The Boy Next Door. Get ready for goose bumps throughout this Universal Pictures thriller now causing chaos aT Cineplex Odeon cinemas around B.C.

Hot off her “controversial” presentation opposite globe inspired bad boy Jeremy Renner at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony Jennifer Lopez holds court as Claire Peterson.  Coy and reserved Mrs. Peterson spends life teaching at the local high school while raising teen age son Kyle. Lost in the shuffle of adolescence is Ian Nelson who adroitly navigates this unruly and unpredictable minefield.  Little help does Kyle get from awol dad Garrett, well embodied by reliable John Corbett.

Good looks can present problems for women (or men, for that matter). Little does our what may come when her son befriends new kid on the block Noah Sandburn. An innocent peck on the cheek from hunky Ryan Guzman sets off a chain of events that not only takes our prim and proper school marm aback but will also set audiences hearts racing. Sparks fly as the passion heats up with loads of unintentional consequences in this slick (if not sick) tale of unwanted attention.

Sexual harassment has been in he news lately. The Boy Next Door ups the ante and raises the takes to a feverish pitch.  Solid direction and just the right tempo/pacing from Rob Cohen makes this thriller tasteful and exiting to watch. High brow critics be damned. The Boy Next Door is worth checking out if you like steamy sex mixed in with taboo age inequalities, the odd absurd situation/dialogue and some hot embraces from two believable (yes, believable) good leading performers,

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