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Girl Next Door, The [2004] [DVD]
Girl Next Door, The [2004] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Emile Hirsch
Price: £2.49

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I will always remember....., 7 Jan. 2007
In a world where it appears everyone approaches film with the seriousness of a stuffy Newsnight reviewer, 'The Girl Next Door' has for me provided the perfect antidote, after all, film, particular in this genre should entertain and leave a feel good factor long after the ending credits.

First and foremost this film has a superb soundtrack, not fully replicated in its 'Official Soundtrack CD' release, beginning with Queen and Bowie, through Elliott Smith, Echo and the Bunnymen, Thunderclap Newman, The Verve and finishing with the appropriate and addictive Baba O' Riley by The Who. The music rather than being an add on to the film, feels fully integrated as the rollercoaster of emotions throughout the film unfold.

Regarding the film itself, honestly this is the only film I have watched, then felt an immediate desire to buy the DVD, it provides a feel good factor that is rare nowadays, far from being a sleezy affair that its marketing may suggest the film has romance and comedy in spades.

Cuthbert plays her role beautifully, portraying the role of Danielle, not as a 2 dimensional 'whore' but as a rounded character that the audience genuinely want to succeed, add to this that she is quite simply stunningly beautiful and it is obvious why Cuthbert is so in-demand in Hollywood 3 years after the release of this film. This is not to ignore her co-star Hirsch though, who plays a geek, but one who seems to have something about him with a likeability that completes this film, add Timothy Olyphant in a ruthless yet warm and amusing role and this film will certainly entertain you, leave you with a feel good factor and as The Who scream about Teenage Wasteland the sense that 'the juice was certainly worth the squeeze'!

I will always remember 'The Girl Next Door'.

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