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The Girl Next Door

Romance . Drama . Comedy

Exceptionally ambitious high schooler Matthew has aspirations for a career in politics when he falls in love with his gorgeous 19-year-old neighbor, Danielle. But Matthew's bright future is jeopardized when he finds Danielle was once a porn star. As Danielle's past catches up with her, Matthew's love for her forces him to re-evaluate his goals.

Actors: Elisha Cuthbert , Emile Hirsch , Julie Osburn , Brian Kolodziej , Amanda Swisten , Timothy Bottoms , Paul Dano , Chris Marquette , James Remar , Timothy Olyphant
Directors: Luke Greenfield
Country: USA
Release: 2004-04-09
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  • Jami Bernard

    Once in a very long while, a truly memorable romantic teen comedy comes along. The Girl Next Door is one.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    An exceptionally well-written script, full of unexpected turns and clever reversals, and a trio of deft actors in the principal roles.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    A mildly satirical but essentially sweet, benign comedy.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Builds up enough good will during its successful first half that we're willing to forgive some of the strange and disappointing convolutions the plot takes us through during the final 45 minutes.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    Sharp, vivacious comedy.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    Best of all, in this movie about high school boys, the high school boys sound and look quite authentic (Paul Dano and Chris Marquette are outstanding in this regard), not watered down as would be the norm.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    An entertaining affair whose wild-card creativity never ceases to surprise.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    "Risky Business" had a great opening act and then descended into contrivances. This genial cardboard knockoff is contrived from the start but gets better as it goes along.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    A pleasant surprise. It's not without its problems, but it's character-driven, funny and, if not dark, then at least a pleasant shade of gray -- with tremendous performances by Hirsch and Olyphant.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Allison Benedikt

    In the end it's not the tricks that elevate this movie. It's the acting.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    Though shamelessly derivative and amoral, The Girl Next Door is nevertheless funnier and smarter than most of the pathetic dreck aimed at the nation's teens.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Laine Ewen

    The film's lack of focus leaves most, if not all, of the characters just a hair less developed than they should have been; the plot holes just a bit more conspicuous than they might have been; and the ending just a touch less poignant than it could have been.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The mainstream prominence of pornography gets a shove forward with the teen comedy, The Girl Next Door, an improbably-not-terrible teen sex comedy.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Clint Morris

    It's got everything the genre calls for – boppy music, cute boys, cute girls, lots of sexual lingo, and most importantly, laughs.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Scott Russon

    It has managed, admirably, to strike a balance between the wholesome 'school nerd blossoms' fairy tale and the gross-out comedy that is now a teen movie standard.

    Empire Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    It sputters whenever it has to move the story along, and it too often forgets to pay attention to Cuthbert; it makes a point about the mistake of treating women as sex objects, but it's perfectly content to use her as a plot device for the second and third acts.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The film is seamlessly made, its mood balanced dreamily between sexy-funny and sexy-scary.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    A tickle-and-tease teen sex comedy that plays like a late-night channel-surf through soft-core sitcoms, "American Pie" wannabes and '80s Brat Pack romances.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Olyphant steals the show as a cheeky porn producer. The rest is gimmicky and predictable, except for a clever surprise near the end.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ethan Alter

    The film has a certain easygoing charm, choppiness notwithstanding, and delivers several big laughs; if leads Cuthbert and Hirsch were as charismatic as scene-stealing supporting players Olyphant and Marquette, it might have joined the ranks of memorable teen comedies.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Until Hollywood stops being a boys club, and America graduates beyond short pants and its embarrassingly pubescent attitudes toward sex, I suppose one can only hope that all male adolescent fantasies will play as goofily sweet as this one.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jessica Winter

    Begins with the same deathless question that has bedeviled generations of teenagers: how to fill the space allotted to graduating seniors for memories and shout-outs at the back of their yearbook?

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Charles Taylor

    Lost the friskiness and wildness and charm the movie might have had. Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    What is disturbing and frankly distasteful about The Girl Next Door is how slick and shameless it is in its eagerness to blur boundaries, to squeeze as much transgressive material as it can into a nominally bland and innocent form, to serve up a benign, sanitized and exquisitely titillating portrait of the world of pornography in the cozy sheep's clothing of a teenage movie.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Janice Page

    Comes up short when things get serious, resorting to cliches and a whole lot of hooey about "moral fiber."

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The Girl Next Door is to "Risky Business" what near-beer is to beer. If you're desperate for a mild buzz, you might make it do.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Offers a view of pornography that is nonjudgmental, even celebratory, but at the same time its premise -- that Danielle must be rescued from the shame and degradation of her old job -- suggests a more traditional, disapproving point of view. Instead of addressing this contradiction, the movie is happy to wallow in it, which would be fine if it had any real pleasure to offer.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    Nothing in this film makes any sense, and Stuart Blumberg, David T. Wagner and Brent Goldberg's script merely gets more preposterous as it elaborates on its implausible premise.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    This comedy is an ill-fated attempt to remake "Risky Business" (1983) for the 21st century, complete with a wind-chimey score, the hero posing in his underpants, and a cynical happy ending.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Director Luke Greenfield, the auteur behind "The Animal," starring Rob Schneider, wants to pass off this limp-dick farce as social satire. Ha!

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    Favors giggly juvenile humor over inspired satire and ends up not with a moral, but a moral vacuum.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    This is a dishonest, quease-inducing "comedy" that had me feeling uneasy and then unclean. Who in the world read this script and thought it was acceptable?

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
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