The Girl Next Door (2004)

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Critic Consensus: The movie borrows heavily from Risky Business, though Hirsch and Cuthbert are appealing leads.


Movie Info

Boy meets girl who's already met all sorts of boys and girls in this teen-slanted comedy. Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch) is a straight-laced and highly ambitious high school student who plans to study at Georgetown University and dreams of a career in politics. While most of his classmates are in the throes of an epidemic of senioritis, Matthew is obsessed with schoolwork and has a hard time relaxing and having fun. But he finds himself a bit less focused on his future career when Danielle … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, language and some drug/alcohol use)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Brent Goldberg, Stuart Blumberg, David Wagner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 24, 2004
Box Office: $14.5M
Runtime:
20th Century Fox - Official Site

Cast


as Matthew Kidman

as Hugo Posh

as Klitz

as Mr. Kidman

as Mrs. Kidman

as Ferrari

as Samnang

as Dr. Salinger

as Jeannie

as Mr. Ruether

as Ryan Wenger

as Ryan Winger

as Mr. Peterson

as Mrs. Peterson

as Whitney Parker

as Pep Rally Jock

as Rent-a-Cop

as Chloe

as Scholarship Presiden...

as Mina Lopez

as TV Talk Show Host

as School Photographer

as Karate Guy in Porn F...

as Film School Student

as Fan at Convention

as Samnang's Mother

as Bob in '70s Sex-Ed F...

as Bob's Friend in '70s...

as Jennie

as Cocktail Waitress

as Limo Driver

as Responsible Media Mi...

as Media Minion

as Media Minion

as Media Minion

as Media Minion

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Critic Reviews for The Girl Next Door

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (37)

The American male hypocrisy toward sexually active women in general -- and porn in particular -- is at the center of the new comedy The Girl Next Door. Unfortunately, instead of being the movie's target, it's the subtext.

Full Review… | April 17, 2004
Salon.com
Top Critic

Stunningly bad teen sex comedy.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

The writing team of "National Lampoon's Van Wilder" crafted it as a satire about conflicting levels of sexual experience among teens, but fail to connect the significance of erotic pleasure to the emotional demands of budding adults.

Full Review… | May 4, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

The few saving graces are the gorgeous Elisha Cuthbert and the fun bad guy turn by Timothy Olyphant.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

If it had been a porn film, at least it would've been made by people with some insight into the adult-film milieu, as opposed to people with insight into nothing.

Full Review… | February 14, 2008
eFilmCritic.com

It is a movie full of contradictions that plays like a bad The Sure Thing melded uncomfortably together with an exploitative Risky Business.

Full Review… | September 29, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Girl Next Door

Aside from it feeling a tad long and having multiple conclusions, "The Girl Next Door" is a very funny coming-of-age story that is not your average way of telling it. Emile Hirsch is hilarious here as a high school senior who falls for the girl next door, whom he soon finds is a former porn star. Driven by morals he sets out to make her think she is more than she thinks she is. While giving some flavour to his boring life, he is also helping the people around him and those are the emotions to look for through all this hilarity. Overall, "The Girl Next Door" has some clever dialogue, some that may fall flat, but charming for the most part, a cast that is irresistible, and a story that anyone who has been through high school can enjoy, even if they never had these crazy adventures. It goes a little too far sometimes, but I really really like this film.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Just another teen comedy movie with a bit of twist in it. Funny and also stupid at the same time. Sometimes it wouldn't even make sense. Watch it at your own risk like I did. You may end up liking it like other reviewers.

3niR
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

The Girl Next Door I thought a mediocre comedy with few decent laughs. However this is one film I just didn't enjoy. First off, I really don't like Elisha Cuthbert, though she's really attractive, she definitely can't act, and she's annoying. The film I thought was poorly plotted, with bad acting; directing and I felt that the actors chosen to play the parts didn't really fit. This film might have succeeded if it had a better cast and script, but it didn't, at least not for me. I laughed only a few times, and once the credits rolled, I thought that the film wasn't anything great. Basically this film takes ideas from the classic Risky Business film, and throws it around, and tries to create something new. But the fact is, is that this film doesn't do anything new. The film is poorly done, uses old ideas, and basically makes it more crude, and vulgar to try to appeal to viewers loving this type of comedy. I thought it was a mediocre comedy, with nothing new or interesting about it. Laughed a few times, and quite frankly is one of those films you only need to watch once. This film doesn't do anything to thrill you, and make you laugh with original ideas. The film uses recycled ideas, and adds those elements into a mediocre script. The ends result is a film that doesn't work, and is plagued with mostly unfunny gags that we've seen so many times before.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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