Jennifer Lopez has a new movie coming to theaters. It is called The Boy Next Door. Here is the trailer:
I realize trailers can be misleading. Clearly the actor portraying the “boy next door” is not a boy. Ryan Guzman is 27-years-old, so it is possible that in the film he lies about his age.
However, the premise of the film, based on trailer, is that this high school student seduces and then stalks a high school teacher, using their sexual encounter to control and threaten her. In other words, the child is the abuser.
Let us stop there. Flip the sexes. Would anyone make this film? Would anyone make a film in which the lead male character is seduced by a barely legal girl who then stalks him and portray the male lead as a victim?
Again, the trailer could be misleading. Yet as it is, it comes across as what feminists think happens when women rape teenage boys. It is as if someone watched That’s My Boy and wondered what it would be like if the boy were older and sexy and tried to murder his teacher’s ex-husband.
This is precisely why so many boys and men abused by women do not come forward. This is not the case of someone telling a joke. This is situation where the general idea of the sexual violence against males is considered so trivial that people feel comfortable making films depicting the child as the rapist and abuser.
At the very least this film looks like it will bomb. It is due out in two weeks, yet there are no reviews for it. That is usually a sign that the studio is preventing critics from reviewing the film.