Dejana January 24, 2015 Share January 24, 2015 (edited) Per the IMDb: A newly divorced woman falls for a younger man who has recently moved in across the street from her, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn. Director: Rob CohenWriter: Barbara CurryStars: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Kristin Chenoweth There's been a lot of discussion about the title character not exactly looking like a high schooler and how it would be harder to play up the unintentional comedy angle, if he had. In the movie trailer thread, @Betweenyouandme brought up this: I kept thinking about if it were a male teacher and a female student...would the same number of people have been in the theater? Would I have gone even? I think you might have more outrage at the idea of a female student possibly being victimized in some way, even if she had been legal and was played by someone in her late twenties. We're nearly twenty years on from Mary Kay Letourneau and female teachers are prosecuted for having sexual contact with students, even if it's not always treated like an outrage the way it would be with a male teacher, but the trailers/ads of The Boy Next Door seemed almost wholly divorced from anything approaching reality. So, maybe a gender flipped version with...IDK, Rob Lowe or John Stamos, being stalked by "high school student" Amber Heard, with a trailer that had a line as hilarious as "I love your mother's cookies"... Still, I can imagine a bunch of blog and social media posts protesting about Hollywood making light of a serious crime and that this is the industry that rushes to laud Roman Polanski and Woody Allen, so what can you expect? While in real life, there's not a brigade of masculinists rushing to defend Ryan Guzman's fictional virtue. Perhaps, if it were a female student more of the sympathy would be expected to go her way. As for the movie itself, the reviews make it sound entertainingly bad, with more than a few comparisons to Obsessed. Edited January 24, 2015 by Dejana 1 Link to comment
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