The Girl Next Door Reviews
Look at the comparisons, Emile Hirsch's Matthew Kidman is the trope of the kid who is more nerd but is still good looking, is just like Tom Cruise's Joel.
Elisha Cuthbert's Danielle who turns out to be a porn star is similar to Rebecca De Mornay's prostitute. Timothy Olyphant's Kelly a porn movie producer is essentially similar to Joe Pantaliano's pimp. Similarly while Joel is trying to get into Princeton, Matthew is trying to get into Georgetown University by winning a scholarship by best expressing moral fibre. In Risky Business, Tom Cruise needs to make money fast to pay Joe Pantaliano and he ends up getting his friends together with DeMornay's and ends up making money which helps with a business class that he's taking. In this film, Matt needs to get money fast to replace money which was stolen to bring a Cambodian teen genius to the US.
The cast are very likeable relative newcomer Emile Hirsch in his first major lead role is just the right side of bland, Elisha Cuthbert who had just hit it big as Kim Bauer in 24 is just the right side of cool and sexy. Timothy Olyphant is clearly having fun as the porn producer. There are good supporting turns from Christopher Marquette and yes that is Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood). Also keep an eye out for a credited appearance by Olivia Wilde (just as pretty as a blonde as she is as a brunette).
Overall this is an amiable and enjoyable comedy, which contrasts well with other teen comedy of the year Mean Girls. Where as Mean Girls changed the field with it's focus on school life for girls and the politics of High School. The Girl Next Door as said already gave us a throwback to the 80s. I said at the start that it has John Hughes sensibilities because while it is risque, the riskiest it gets is breaking an entering and one scene of drug use and in particular the upbeat ending is very much the style of a John Hughes teen comedy.
This is a must watch for any up and coming directors who want to get into the teen/High School genre, this film deserves to be seen. It may be the noughties version of Risky Business but that doesn't make it any less of a satisfying and a well made film. That's my opinion, watch it and decide for yourself.
Wouldn't recommend watching it with your grand/parents or young kids, but it is a fun film.