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The Girl Next Door [Blu-ray] [2004]
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2004
One word summed up this film for me - Suprising. On the surface of it, you could be excused for thinking that this would be a poorly written american teen comedy relying on its beautiful leading lady Elisha Cuthbert playing a porn star to sell bucket loads of DVDs. While it is true that this has probably happened, those who purchased for this reason along with those who didn't were in for a real treat. The two leading characters (Emile Hirsch and Elisha Cuthbert) both play their parts extremely well, with Hirsch convincingly pulling off the role of a studious, sheltered 18 year old whose world is turned upside-down by the arrival of "The Girl Next Door". Elisha Cuthbert is also excellent in her role as former porn star who desperately wants to leave her old life and all the stereotypes that go with it behind (The motel scene a particularly good example of this). The film is very funny, with the jokes well placed and original. The story moves well, you never feel the movie is begining to drag, the addition of Cuthberts former producer Kelly helping this, as he plays his role extremely well, stealing the scene on occasion.
The DVD also comes with a good load of extras, featuring a directors commentary, scene specific commentary from Elisha Cuthbert and Emile Hirsch, Gag reel, Deleted scenes and more.
In summary, this movie really was a very pleasant suprise. Not the sell out that could possibly have been expected, but a very good film about coming of age, tasting life and of course, getting the girl. Excellent performances from all parties, a great soundtrack with songs very well used, and above all very funny well placed jokes make this a very appealing package. This comes highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERon 20 September 2014
This is a first rate, feel-good, bittersweet teenage angst movie. If it doesn't quite reach the giddy heights of Some Kind of Wonderful, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Pretty in Pink, it comes pretty damned close.
Emile Hirsch plays Matthew, an affable, good looking, personable, Grade A student, who's the President of his High School's Student Council, and has raised 25,000 dollars to help bring a Cambodian child genius over to the States. Matthew plays by the rules, he doesn't duck classes, doesn't diss the teachers, doesn't mix with the cool crowd at school, and at 18, he is still a virgin.
A beautiful girl moves in next door to him, Danielle (Dee), she's house sitting for her aunty. Elisha Cuthbert - best known as Jack Bauer's daughter in 24 - plays Dee (has any actress ever made a dimpled chin look so sexy?). Matthew and Dee start a tentative romance.
Matt's two best friends, Eli and Ditzy, are stereotypical but believable and likeable High School nerds. They've seen Dee in some blue movies, and tell their best buddy that he's dating a porn starlet. Matthew, who's been falling in love with Dee, is gutted by this revelation, and changes his behaviour towards her.
Broken hearted, she flees back to her porn world in Las Vegas, accompanied her producer Kelly, who's played with great sleazy charm by Tim Olyphant. Matthew and his geeky pals go to Las Vegas in hot pursuit, and Matt is reunited with Dee, but this provokes the anger of Kelly, who can see his meal ticket for life porn actress departing his business.
As an act of revenge, Kelly steals the money Matt has been raising to bring the child genius over to America, leaving Matt needing to find a way to replace the stolen loot. Matt resorts to making a sex education DVD, like The Lover's Guide, in partnership with a porn baron named Hugo Boss, who's played by James Remar. This all leads to a very fitting and highly satisfying resolution of the relationships between the characters.
I loved this film. It's been sat on my DVD shelves, unwatched for about 10 years, and I didn't bother to view it, until I became a fan of Elisha Cuthbert, after watching her performances in 24. The acting is excellent, without exception. The chemistry between Matt and Dee is entirely convincing, reminding me of the touching teen romance between Eric Stoltz and Mary Stuart Masterton in Some Kind of Wonderful. The music is perfectly chosen, including the sorrowful balladeering of David Gray. Kelly is a fantastic gooseberry character, jeopardising the young couple's efforts to seal their romance, and he's great fun to watch as a womanising, bad boy chancer, who has highly questionable moral standards when it comes to friendships and business dealings.
If you love the teen angst movies of John Hughes, there's a high probability that you'll love this too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Matthew Kidman is a straight 'A' student, goodness pours from his every pore, but something is missing in his life. Then one day the unthinkable happens, the sultry and sexy girl next door becomes his girlfriend. But a skeleton in the closet and a voyage of discovery will ensure that their destinies are about to hit a riotous road.

The Girl Next Door is bawdy, smutty and, plot wise? As stale as two week old bread, it's also excellently written, charming and as funny as heck! The teen sex comedy is by and large a tired old genre, so how nice to visit this 2004 effort to find that it wears its heart on its sleeve and clearly wants to be a message movie with brains as well as heart. Featuring the "Adult Movie Industry" as it does, the piece could so easily have been an excuse for garnering cheap sexy laughs out of flesh for fantasy situations, oh they are there for sure, but for every nerdy wet dream gag, we have it cloaked in intelligence of thought provoking interest.

Taking the lead female role, and positively oozing sexuality, is Elisha Cuthbert, wonderfully essaying the working girl who really does just see her profession as a means to an end, with true love seemingly passing her by. On top nerd form we have Emile Hirsch {Matthew}, Paul Dano and Chris Marquette, with Timmothy Olyphant doing a smashing weasel turn as a troublesome producer and ex boyfriend of Cuthbert. Bonus comes in cameo form from the ever watchable James Remar, for the ladies his thong wearing skit is of interest surely, for us blokes his sequences are comedic joy only! It's interesting looking at the respective careers of those involved, Cuthbert was the draw card here, yet she has gone on to become something of a C movie star, starring in such poor fare as Captivity. Whilst Hirsch has since wowed audiences in films like Into The Wild and Milk, while Dano of course featured heavily in the hugely successful There Will Be Blood. Sometimes it's obvious that beauty can only get you so far.

I personally really enjoyed this film for a number of reasons, so give it a try and you might just feel the same. 7/10
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2005
When I saw the trailer of this film on TV I thought it was just another boring romantic chick flick, I couldn't have been more wrong. To be honest its hard to sum up this film in words, but i'll try.
This is the best teen movie ever because it is so unlike any other teen movie thats been made. Lads if your thinking about watching this film I suggest you don't watch it with your girlfriends, for one reason, Elisha Cuthbert. If you havn't heard of Elisha Cuthbert before or you don't think she's stunning, watch The Girl Next Door and afterwards you won't be able to stop thinking about her.
The Director Luke Greenfield said that if he couldn't get Emile Hirsche to play the part of Mathew he probably wouldn't have made the film. He plays the role perfectly and his and Elisha Cuthbert's on-screen chemistry is amazing. Elisha Cuthbert is not just beautiful she is also a very talented actress, look out for her other films Old School and House of Wax.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2004
This film is utterly brilliant. Class acting and a great story line. If you are hesitating on whether to buy this or not just remember that:
- There are fit actors
- They can actually act
- The story line's good
- It's hilarious
Trust me. This film wont let you down.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2006
I don't like the way this movie was marketed as a teen comedy. YES it has the jocks and the losers but I wouldn't class this as a teen comedy at all. It's so much deeper and really much more of a love story / adventure because that's what happens.
The first 1/4 is pretty much your average Teen comedy and was mostly what you saw in the trailers. Hard working kid with no time for fun meets hot girl next door who just happen's to be a porn star with his loser mates talking about "banging" hot chicks and not getting any. Thats the plot overall but that doesn't make an enjoyable movie in my eyes. In fact I only watched this when a friend had it on DVD and let me borrow it. I didn't exactly go out my way to watch this. Now it's one of my favourite films.
This is because of where the film takes you and how much you can relate to what's happening. How many of you have felt your working to hard when you're young and not having much fun? How many of you have seen the perfect girl and wanted her so bad you'd do the craziest stuff? Half the "stuff" that happens through the film (especially the ending) you wouldn't have predicted from watching the first 1/4 and I want to tell you all the "stuff" but that would really spoil the first viewing (there will be more).
The film is almost perfectly made, the kids are all excellent and the two stars have sparks practically flying off them when they are together. The music is spot on and the twists and turns will take your emotions on a roller-coaster ride.
This film is perfect for watching alone, with friends or with your girlfriend because its "feel-good", "funny" and really "deep" and really deserves better credit as it's more than just an above average teen comedy. It fully deserves your attention.
Also: The extras on this dvd are really good quality. Theres more than just the usual trailers and making of. Unlike most films they add to the next veiwing as well as making your experience more enjoyable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2005
I wasn't sure what to expect when I rented this, having missed a few recent teens comedies I put this on the list as well. I'm glad I did as it a class above most teen comedies. Whereas the others I rented had the usual mix of jokes, visual gags, gross out moments, toilet humour and all the guys trying to get laid, The girl next door is actually quite a sweet moving, almost a romantic comedy/chick flick but with plenty for the guys as well.
It does has it moments as the story revolves around an ex-porn star who becomes the sweet girl next door, so cue plenty of gags around the subject of sex, porn etc. Elisha Cuthbert of 24 fame looks amazing, especially in just a tiny red thong! The film is funy, and doesn't dwell on the subject of sex too much and turns out to be a great romantic, feel good film well worth buying!
The DVD has quite a lot of extras including commentries, gag reel which problem was twice as long due to some scenes that were filmed, deleted scenes 1 or 2 which would have been great in the film. Also the Eli experience as they visit a porn convention which is quite short.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This was surprisingly recommended on BBC's radio programme Front Row. I had not seen it and I do like teen movies and got it.

Its a fun film, not to be taken too seriously. Its entertaining, funny and best of all the soundtrack is excellent.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2004
I really enjoyed this film at the cinema, and bought it when it was released. I watched it with a big group of mates and general opinion was it was worth watching!!
If i had to describe the film i'd say its a teen romantic comedy, but this film has a lot more heart than most others in its genre, and is also generally a bit more tasteful! Its a great fun feel good film for an evening in, with enough heart for the girls and enough crudeness (and of course Elisha Cuthbert) for the boys!
Definitely worth seeing and probably a nice gift if you know someone who enjoys this kind of thing.
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