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The Girl Next Door (2004)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 87 | Rotten: 70

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


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 15

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



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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


Drama, Comedy

Brent Goldberg, Stuart Blumberg, David Wagner

Aug 24, 2004


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All Critics (167) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (87) | Rotten (70) | DVD (38)

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.

April 17, 2004 Full Review Source:
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Risky Business, while cynical and salacious, also had style, charm and heart. The Girl Next Door is just nasty, loud and empty.

April 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (2)
Ebert & Roeper
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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.

April 9, 2004
Washington Post
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The picture feels fresh and audacious thanks to its smart script and sassy cast.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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This funny, surprising gem joins the ranks of Risky Business and Say Anything.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Seems mainly about ripping off 1983's Risky Business without attribution.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Stunningly bad teen sex comedy.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

May 4, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

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

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source:

What sets the film apart from the competition is its willingness to confront its own subject matter in an honest way.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Essentially Risky Business for the 21st century, and I don't mean that as a compliment.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comment (1)
Lessons of Darkness innocuous romp for teenagers.

November 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Esforça-se para parecer 'picante', mas não tem coragem sequer de exibir o corpo de sua protagonista.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena wants to show us how corrupt and abasing the porn industry is, while at the same time using an abundance of sex and nudity to sell its own product.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The best teen-comedy since American Pie.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

"The Girl Next Door" is an adolescent fantasy for bookish boys who must also contend with their hormones. This is their outlet. Let the boy next door dream.

July 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Think of it as a cute little movie about porn, if that's possible.

June 11, 2004 Full Review
Broomfield Enterprise

Una relación amor-odio incisiva en un inicio, que inevitablemente recuerda a la vivida en la inolvidable Risky Business.

May 25, 2004

What seems to be another wishy-washy teen movie is actually a surprising little number that grabs the attention at the least expected moments.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Rich in cynicism and morally loose, it is nevertheless a fun film if you don't take it seriously.

April 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comment (1)
Laramie Movie Scope

It is well-acted throughout and the script displays a fair amount of wit, all things considering.

April 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Movieline

Beautifully sprawling and terrifically funny... it encapsulates the raw, careening energy and mirth of adolescence.

April 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

The Girl Next Door might have been another slice of American Pie if it wasn't quite so unsavoury.

April 20, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Girl Next Door

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.
December 11, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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It's been a ridiculously long time since I've seen "The Girl Next Door" but I remember a few things:
A) I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the movie was
B) I got surprised by many plot points in the movie
November 27, 2011
Albert Kim

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A great teen chick flick!
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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The main thing that made this teen slated comedy a bummer for me, besides the fact that I'm all out sick of watching these depressing cultural abominations, was that all the things that make a decent comedy were missing, and were replaced by boobs, strange scenes of unnecessary violence, and a lot of Timothy Olyphant hissing. Not to say the movie doesn't have its funny moments, and the chemistry between Cuthbert and Hirsch isn't evident, but I couldn't get into the storyline without a bit of stomach upset. Yes, the message of triumphing over past behavior to start a new life is inspiring to a point, but Hirsch's behavior and "I don't give a damn attitude" after tossing his moral fiber is smug and petty. The filmmakers tried to dignify this with an ending that is blasé. Without the standard message of rebelliousness equals happiness shtick we're all so familiar with, this film crumbled fast. Oh, and there's a lot of nudity and epithets, because why not? Just throw some in to mask your disappointment. Not a complete waste of time, but still a waste of time.
June 19, 2011

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    1. Kelly: Let me tell you the first rule of politics. Always know if the juice is worth the squeeze.
    – Submitted by William L (20 months ago)
    1. April: Is your name really Clitz?
    2. Klitz: Yeah, with a K.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Klitz: Dude, am I ugly?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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