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The Boy Next Door [2015] [R] - 8.6.6



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A woman (Jennifer Lopez), separated from her husband, lives with her teenage son (Ian Nelson) next to an elderly man whose nephew (Ryan Guzman) moves in to help out. The young man befriends the teen and begins insinuating himself into the life of the woman with increasing intensity. Also with John Corbett, Kristin Chenoweth, Lexi Atkins and Hill Harper. Directed by Rob Cohen. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A young man kisses a woman and presses her against a wall while the woman resists and tells him to stop: the young man continues, unties her dress, kisses her down her chest and abdomen and she moans (we see her bra and cleavage, abdomen, panties and bare thighs), he picks her and she wraps her legs around his waist, he places her on a sofa where they continue to kiss and caress each other as she removes her bra (we see her bare breasts and his hands cover her nipples); the young removes his shirt (we see his bare chest and abdomen) and moves his hand into her panties where we see him rubbing her, he then thrusts and they both moan (we see his bare buttocks and back) and he moves his head between her legs (oral sex is implied). A fully nude young man and teen girl (we see his bare buttocks, back, abdomen, chest and legs, as well as her breasts, abdomen, buttocks and pubic area) are seen kissing and caressing each other; they kiss and the young man sits on a bed while the teen girl performs oral sex on him (we see her head bobbing rhythmically); a woman watches from a house next door.
 A husband and his wife kiss, he kisses her neck and moans while touching her clothed buttocks and she stops him. A young man remembers a sexual encounter with a woman and we see glimpses of their bodies (bare chests, abdomens, backs and legs are seen) as they caress and kiss (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A husband and his wife kiss goodbye. A young man grabs a woman's clothed breast and she shoves his hand away. A woman in a car lifts her skirt to reveal her thigh as a man watches and becomes distracted (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A woman wears tight-fitting running clothes and a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes throughout the movie. A teen girl is seen wearing a sundress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and upper back. A young man is shown wearing a T-shirt and boxer briefs. Teen girls wear low-cut and short dresses at a school dance that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders, backs and legs. A teacher finds many printed photos of herself and a young man having sex hanging in her classroom (we see her bare shoulder and back and his bare shoulder and back) and she panics trying to pick them all up before her students see them.
 A woman wearing a camisole and lingerie shorts looks at herself in the mirror (we see cleavage, bare shoulders and bare legs to the hip), and then walks to the window and watches a young man in the house next door who is nude (we see his bare buttocks, back, chest and abdomen). . A man on a date with a woman admires another woman in the restaurant (she is wearing a low-cut top that reveals her cleavage when she bends over). A woman admires a young man wearing a sleeveless T-shirt that reveals his bare arms, sides and part of his chest and abdomen (the camera lingers on his arms).
 Teen boys and teen girls dance at a school dance. A teen boy asks a teen girl on a date and she accepts. A teen boy talks about a teen girl being the prettiest girl in school.
 A young man tells a woman's husband that "Things got pretty wet here," when the woman talks about a rain storm (there's sexual innuendo). A woman tells another woman going on a blind date that she should perform oral sex on the man; she then says that she is joking. A young man talks about people trying to be sexy and tells a woman that she doesn't have to try. A woman talks to another woman about the other woman's husband having had an affair with his secretary and that there was an e-mail describing that she smelled like chocolate chip cookies.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A young man is crushed under an engine block that falls on him from the ceiling (we see blood on his face and head). A young man is stabbed in the eye with an EpiPen and he screams; a woman then plunges her thumb into the young man's eye and we see jellied goo spurt out of the socket as he screams.
 Several teen boys skateboard through a lunch room and knock over garbage cans before one of the boys berates another teen boy and calls him names, the insulted teen yells and approaches the bully as a young man lunges at the bully and beats him with punches and kicks (we see his bloody head and face) and he throws a woman to the floor as she tries to separate them; the young man slams the bully into a locker repeatedly (we hear that the bully's skull is fractured) before being pulled away by a man. A woman is struck in the head with a wrench and falls to the floor (we see her later with a bruised face, duct tape over her mouth and tied into a chair).
 A woman walks through a dark house and is startled by a cat before a woman's dead body falls on her and she screams (we see the body with a bloody slit throat). We see a man in an ambulance and he has bloody wounds on his head, face and chest.
 A young man grabs a woman's arm and holds a gun to her head as he forces her into a barn where we see a man and a teen boy tied up (the man has a bloody face from being beaten); the woman hits the young man in the head and he falls to the ground, he gets up (we see blood on his head) and throws the woman to the ground and pours gasoline around the barn and then holds the woman by the throat choking her; the man throws the young man to the ground and the young man shoots him in the chest (we see blood). A teen boy drives a car on a winding mountain road and his father yells at him to slow the car down; as the boy attempts to brake, he realizes the brakes are out and the clutch too, and they swerve into oncoming traffic a couple of times before crashing into barrels filled with water on the side of the road (no one is injured). We see a flashback to a man driving a van and he loses control and crashes into a truck causing an explosion; we hear that the two people in the car died and we see the charred wreckage.
 A young man pins a woman against a wall in a bathroom and speaks to her in a threatening manner; she tries to push him away and he begins to thrust against her, she yells at him and knees him in the groin (he falls to the floor). A young man threatens to show a sex video to a woman's husband and teen son. A young man tells a woman, "I'm never, ever going to let you go" and she slaps him in the face before leaving. A young man in a truck speeds through traffic to catch up to a woman in a car, and then speeds away, driving over a median and into incoming traffic (no one is harmed).
 A woman is frightened and holds a knife when she hears someone forcing the door of her house (it is her son). A man reprimands a woman (he's a principal and she is a teacher) for her behavior. After exerting himself, a teen boy collapses to the floor gasping and we see that his face is streaked with red and discolored; a young man rushes to find an EpiPen and injects him in the leg relieving his symptoms.
 A woman yells at a young man after he has beaten a teen boy and he throws a chair and yells at her, calling her names. A young man becomes angry and punches a wall (we see his bloody knuckles) when a woman tells him that their having sex meant nothing. A young man is shown in a jealous rage and he paces, punches the air and remembers a sexual encounter with a woman. Three teen boys tease another teen boy and call him names in a few scenes. A teen boy yells at his father and admonishes him for leaving the family. A man speaks to a woman in a condescending manner, and the woman argues with him and she leaves. A man and a woman are startled when the woman runs up a flight of stairs in the man's house. A woman is frightened when she finds many photographs of herself in multiple settings in a basement room.
 A young man and a teen boy take target practice with a pistol and the young man talks about the teen boys father in a disparaging way. A woman struggles to hold a garage door open over her head and a young man comes to help her.
 We are told that a young man's parents died and he has come to live with his uncle. We see a flashback to a husband and his wife arguing and she tells him not to come back; we understand that they have separated after his infidelity. A woman describes an incident when her teen son was stung by a bee and when his throat closed up he panicked and urinated on himself. We understand that a man is undergoing a bone marrow transplant procedure. A woman describes a teen boy as having a "permanently dumb look on his face."

PROFANITY 6 - About 11 F-words (1 spelled out on a bathroom wall), 2 obscene hand gestures, 5 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (wiz kid, permanently dumb look, crazy, psychopath, the crusher, jerk, firecracker, stupid, dumb, cheating ex-husband, liar, pathetic old woman, dried up dirty [F-word and anatomical term deleted], stalker), 2 religious profanities (GD), 13 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Glasses of wine are seen on a table in a restaurant, a woman drinks a glass of wine at home alone, a man says that he had too much to drink and asks to sleep on a woman's sofa, and a man drinks a beer and asks for another one.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Divorce, infidelity, betrayal, teacher/student relationships, Homer, The Iliad, poetry, destiny, mid-life crises, guilt, jealousy, obsession,

MESSAGE - Be careful who you sleep with.

Special Keywords: S8 - V6 - P6 - MPAAR

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