Kale Brecht (Creator/ShiaLaBeouf) is a troubled suburban teenager who loses his dad in a gruesome car accident. A year afterward, still raw from his dad's death and slipping behind in school, he assaults his Spanish teacher after he asks [[TooSoon what Kale's father would've thought of his poor performance in class.]] He ends up getting sentenced to three months in house arrest, controlled by a GPS bracelet around his leg that only allows him to move within an electronic perimeter around his house. An immediate response alert is triggered by the bracelet if Kale ever steps outside this area.

Kale's shaky relationship with his mother gets worse when she cuts off his TV and internet access, while the policeman supervising his home detention is the happily vengeful cousin of the Spanish teacher, which turns Kale's situation from bad to worse. Imprisoned in his house, he has nothing to do all day but look out of his window and watch his neighbors. Monitoring their activities every waking hour, he sees one neighbor having an affair with his maid, kids watching porn when they are alone, the strange Robert Turner who may or may not be a killer, and the new girl next door Ashley, who spends more time on her rooftop than inside her actual house. After meeting Ashley and watching her undress with her blinds open, she catches him in the act but eventually gets pulled into his obsessive search for the killer in the neighborhood.

Heavily [[RearWindowHomage inspired]] by the plot of Creator/AlfredHitchcock's classic ''Film/RearWindow.''

Not to be confused with the Music/{{Rihanna}} song.

!! This film has examples of the following tropes:

* AdultsAreUseless:
** Averted when the police (even reluctantly Gutiérrez) are actually willing to search Turner's garage at Kale's frantic behest.
** Kale's mother plays this straight until the last ten minutes of the movie. However, Kale's mom has some reasoning as she is more worried that Kale is going nuts and going to do something that will result in him being taken away from her by the police. That, and his evidence isn't the strongest.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Kale's Spanish teacher asks this moments before getting assaulted by Kale:
-->"What would your father think?"
* AsianAirhead: Ronnie, Kale's dumb and hyperactive best friend. He thoroughly subverts the AsianAndNerdy stereotype.
* AssholeVictim: Officer Gutiérrez, who happens to be the Spanish teacher's cousin holds a grudge against Kale (even though him harassing Kale out of pleasure was mostly PlayedForLaughs early in the movie) and ends up having his neck snapped by Turner.
* BinocularShot: Used extensively.
* BlackSheep: Kale has became this in his mother's eyes, due to his failure to rescue her late husband and then being put under house arrest following the assault on his Spanish teacher.
* BoundAndGagged: Happens to both Kale and his mother with duct tape. In a rare case in suspense films, this actually doesn't prevent them from retaliating. As a matter of fact, [[{{AdultsAreUseless}} Kale's mother is at her most useful while bound and gagged in Turner's basement.]]
* BrattyHalfPint: The little kids, though LaserGuidedKarma hits them in a bulls eye when Kale is freed from house arrest and he tells their mom that they've been watching porn. From what we can see in the end, she ''loses'' it.
* ButtMonkey: Kale does through a few moments, like being tormented by his bratty neighbors.
* CassandraTruth: Kale tells this about Turner. Naturally, nobody listens to him because he didn't have enough evidence.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Kale's father was a loving dad before he tragically passed away.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Ashley is usually barefoot at home and even hosts her party the same way. She's still unshod even when coming to Kale's house to berate him for spying on her.
* DudeWheresMyReward: Kale gets off his house arrest early due to "good behavior," gets the girl, and gets payback on the boys. Now, compared to losing his father, being put in house arrest in the first place, the resulting disconnect from society that made him the stalker that discovered the killer, which in turn puts his life, his mother's life, and his friends' lives in mortal danger. Although, his reputation in town did go from "that nutty kid under house arrest" to "that kid who saved us from the serial killer."
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* FlippingTheBird: Kale flips Ronnie off when Ronnie tries to film Kale and Ashley making out.
* GirlNextDoor: Ashley is a rather unusual example of this. Especially for her love of reading books on her rooftop.
* HarmfulToMinors: While Kale is 17, he had to watch his father die right in front of him.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Kale, thanks to the assault on his Spanish teacher, he is this in the eyes of the neighborhood, his mother, and the police.
* HollywoodNerd: Kale and Ashley.
* HotBlooded: Kale.
* HumiliationConga: The first part of the film is this for Kale. He is sentenced to house arrest for three months during summer holidays. Then his mother cuts off his internet access and TV cables, and in the end he is reduced to making towers of Twinkies out of boredom. Then the neighborhood brats put a burning paper bag full of dog shit on his porch, and of course, Kale's feet get covered in it. Then he chases after the brats down the street only to violate his house arrest, so he sprints back and collapses embarrassingly on his shit stained lawn in front of the sexy girl next door. Then the neighborhood cop, alerted by the GPS bracelet, arrives to bend him over and handcuff him publicly.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Ronnie is this towards Kale.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** The Spanish teacher. He threw an eraser at Kale and insensitively asked him about his father. Then presses charges against Kale for the assault with still NoSympathy towards Kale's hardships since losing his father and how it led to him punching him.
** [[InTheBlood His cousin too]], who bullies Kale as his parole officer out of sweet revenge for the assault. He gets his though.
** The little kids too, for provoking Kale and teasing him.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Kale can be aloof and a bit rude, but he's a NiceGuy underneath it all.
** Kale's mother Julie counts too, as initially their relationship between Kale and her were strained, especially shown when Kale was under house arrest, she cancels his subscriptions to the iTunes Music Store and Xbox Live, and cuts the power cord of his television. Though besides that fact it was to give him a hard lesson for assaulting the Spanish teacher, it's implied Julie becoming strict towards Kale was probably also out of her blaming Kale for her husband's death, [[spoiler: which was something Robert Turner also implied at the climax when creating a motive of Kale murdering his mother, while planning to frame him. However, after Kale came to the rescue, she TookALevelInKindness towards Kale after him being hailed a hero by the police and the suburbs for stopping a killer's murder spree and getting off of house arrest.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: The kids that were watching porn without their mom knowing will probably get grounded, and it's implied that that's just the start.
* MoodWhiplash: The movie starts you off with a wonderfully lighthearted fishing trip, with father and son bonding. Watching the car accident moments later is just gut wrenching. Not only that, but the last 20 minutes take this to the extreme when Robert Turner shows his true colors, with people being bound and gagged, stabbed, one character having his neck twisted and broken, decomposed corpses and skeletons and what not...
* MsFanservice: There are many shots of Ashley in her bikini.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Officer Gutiérrez, after being alerted by Kale's ankle bracelet for one last time, investigate the inside of Robert Turner's house and sees the suspiciously opened vent that contained one of Turner's victims, prompting him to pull out his sidearm and cautiously search further upon realizing how serious the situation could be. After being a SmugSnake over using his position as Kale's parole officer to humiliate him, he [[HeelFaceDoorSlam presumably now realizes Kale could be telling the truth about Turner all along, only to get his neck snapped by Turner just as he calls for back up]].
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Kale and Ashley at the end of the film.]]
* ParentsAsPeople: Played with Julie, as she cancels Kale's subscriptions to the iTunes Music Store and Xbox Live, and cuts the power cord of his television not just to further punish him for his house arrest, but likely out of blame for his failure to save her husband. However, she is still a caring mother and her strictness is justified due being a single parent, Kale's aloofness that she tries to get him out of and her AngerBornOfWorry that Kale is going nuts and going to do something that will result in him being taken away from her by the police.
* PornStash: Well, technically not magazine, but the bratty kids usually watch porn on their television set.
* RearWindowHomage. By extension, also features, RearWindowWitness and RearWindowInvestigation.
* ProductPlacement: iPods are frequently used and Kale is shown using a Macbook Pro and playing on an Xbox 360.
* ProperlyParanoid: Kale, about his neighbor being a murderer. He was right all along.
* RabidCop: Downplayed, but Officer Gutiérrez gleefully uses his duty as Kale's parole officer to humiliate Kale out of revenge for his SadistTeacher cousin if he goes against house arrest.
* RecycledINSPACE: Although not a straight remake, this movie is basically ''Rear Window'' WITH TEENAGERS!
* {{Revenge}}: Kale finally gets his revenge on those bratty kids for tormenting him by posing as a person who works for a TV network, and getting the kids in trouble with their mother by snitching on them for watching porn.
* SadistTeacher: While Kale's Spanish teacher doesn't have sadistic tendencies, he's quite the {{jerkass}} to Kale, showing NoSympathy towards Kale losing his father.
* SerialKiller: It's obvious that the news' description about the front fender dent in the mustang being matched from Turner's vehicle that he drives is enough to reveal that he is a serial killer. Despite this, when he first interacts with Kale in his kitchen and Ashley in her car, he talks in such a way that makes you think and not think he is as dangerous as he is, which has good tendency to freak the audience out.
* ShoutOut: Kale Brecht's last name is a reference to Creator/BertoltBrecht.
* SmugSnake: Officer Gutiérrez smug every time he takes the opportunity to avenge his cousin against Kale.
* StacysMom: Ashley comments on how gorgeous Kale's mom is.
* StalkerWithACrush: Kale.
* StepfordSuburbia
* TortureCellar: Inside Turner's house, there are several levels of torture chambers.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Kale, his best friend Ronnie, and Ashley. a girl who moves next door, team up when they stalk a creepy neighbour.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The entire plot would not happen if... That teacher [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead kept his mouth shut,]] Kale never assaulted his teacher, the judge sent Kale to jail instead of house arrest, and if Kale's mom didn't cancel his Xbox Live and his iTunes. But then again, Kale would never discover Turner's activities, and so an insane serial killer would be quietly continuing his murderous existence...
* WidowWoman: Julie, Kale's mother following her husband's death at the beginning of the film. It's implied Julie blames Kale for his death, causing her to be somewhat vindictively authoritative and strict towards him, which only worsens when Kale is placed under house arrest for punching his teacher, even though it was in defense of her late husband's memory as the teacher insults Kale's father which led to Kale hitting him.
* WouldHitAGirl: Turner had no scruples with hitting Ashley, binding and gagging Kale's mother, slamming her against a wall, and slapping her.
* WouldHurtAChild: Subverted with Kale wanting to hurt the children who were bothering him but because he was on house arrest, he was forced to go back to his house.
* WrongGenreSavvy: The Spanish teacher who berated Kale for ignoring his homework. He apparently expected Kale to have a deep change of heart when he went: "What would your father think?" Instead, the teacher got beaten up.