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Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 120 minutes

Premier: 2015-09-13

Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door - The Boy Next Door (film) - Netflix

The Boy Next Door is a 2015 American erotic thriller film directed by Rob Cohen and written by Barbara Curry. The film stars Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, and Ian Nelson, with John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth playing supporting roles. Lopez plays a high school teacher named Claire who, in the midst of being separated from her husband (Corbett), has a one-night stand with a younger neighbor (Guzman), who develops a dangerous obsession with her. Barbara Curry, a former criminal lawyer, wrote the screenplay for the film inspired from her life's experiences. Blumhouse Productions financed and produced the film, which was filmed for 23 days in Los Angeles and other locations in California at the end of 2013. The film was released on January 23, 2015 by Universal Pictures. It received generally negative reviews from film critics, but was a box office success, grossing over fifteen times its budget. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 28, 2015.

Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door - Conception and writing - Netflix

Screenwriter Barbara Curry, who was a criminal lawyer for ten years, revealed that she developed the script's concept after running past a house which she described as her “dream house”. A “bad boy” her son went to school with resided in the house across the street, which gave her a “really interesting” concept about a neighborhood boy creating conflict and “driving a wedge between a family”. This served as her inspiration for the screenplay. Curry stated that the “first few drafts of [the movie] focused on a 12-year-old boy and a mother's trial of trying to get her son out of this boy's clutches, and gradually, it became something else”. In the original script, Claire was “happily married”, but Curry chose to have her separated due to her husband's infidelity, so that she could be a “more sympathetic character”. Curry was influenced by the real-life story of Mary Kay Letourneau, a teacher who became involved with her underage student, causing her to be convicted for rape charges. Director Rob Cohen revealed that in Curry's draft, the character of Noah was younger, but he made the conscious decision to age him to 19, because he felt as if it was “not healthy” and that audiences would lose sympathy for the protagonist. Explaining her character, Lopez stated that Claire was feeling “worthless” after her husband cheated, and “People can understand that. They can understand making a mistake in a moment like that.” The Boy Next Door's plot has been compared to the thriller films Basic Instinct (1992) and Swimfan (2002), while being dubbed “the Fatal Attraction of 2015”. The formerly dominant erotic thriller genre had been fading from Hollywood features since the 1990s. Director Rob Cohen stated that with the film, he wanted to “reinvent the genre in an entertaining way” that would reflect “2015, not 1990”.

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