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The Girl Next Door (2004)

TOMATOMETER

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

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

55%
Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 15

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

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 397,094

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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

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Critic Reviews for The Girl Next Door

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.

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

Risky Business, while cynical and salacious, also had style, charm and heart. The Girl Next Door is just nasty, loud and empty.

Full Review… | April 12, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

The picture feels fresh and audacious thanks to its smart script and sassy cast.

Full Review… | April 9, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

This funny, surprising gem joins the ranks of Risky Business and Say Anything.

Full Review… | April 9, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Seems mainly about ripping off 1983's Risky Business without attribution.

Full Review… | April 9, 2004
Boston Globe
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

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

Full Review… | June 20, 2005

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

Full Review… | May 3, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

...an innocuous romp for teenagers.

Full Review… | November 28, 2004
Reel Film Reviews

Esforça-se para parecer 'picante', mas não tem coragem sequer de exibir o corpo de sua protagonista.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Cinema em Cena

...it 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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
Movie Metropolis

The best teen-comedy since American Pie.

Full Review… | July 20, 2004

"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.

Full Review… | July 8, 2004
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
Broomfield Enterprise

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

May 25, 2004
Cinenganos

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

Full Review… | May 14, 2004
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | April 27, 2004
Laramie Movie Scope

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

Full Review… | April 27, 2004
Movieline

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

Full Review… | April 26, 2004
Entertainment Today

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

Full Review… | April 20, 2004
BBC.com

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
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

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

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

The Girl Next Door Quotes


Kelly: Let me tell you the first rule of politics. Always know if the juice is worth the squeeze.
– Submitted by William L (23 months ago)
April: Is your name really Clitz? Klitz: Yeah, with a K.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Klitz: Dude, am I ugly?
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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