Tuesday 20 March 2018

'Boy Next Door' movie mocked online for 'first edition' of Iliad given to Jennifer Lopez's character

The offending scene in 'Boy Next Door'
The offending scene in 'Boy Next Door'
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Jennifer Lopez's new film 'Boy Next Door' is being mocked online thanks to a scene featuring a 'first edition' copy of Homer's The Iliad which is given to Lopez's character in the film.

Ryan Guzman plays Noah, the young boyfriend of Lopez's Claire in the film and he gives her a gift which he says is a 'first edition' copy of The Iliad.

When Claire says it "must have cost a fortune", Noah says "it was a buck at a garage sale".

Given The Iliad is a Greek poem which was written 3,000 years ago by Homer and was passed down as an oral tradition before being written in the late 10th Century, the scene is completely daft.

The fact the book is written in English just compounds the daftness and audiences have taken to Twitter to take the Mick.

The Hollywood Reporter quotes screenwriter Barbara Curry in an interview with Fusion as defending her original script.

“Much of my original script was rewritten by the producers and the director. I was not given the opportunity to participate in the production of this movie," she said.

“As for the first edition Iliad reference in the movie, that was not something I wrote in my original script.”

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