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

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Eighteen-year-old Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch) is a straight-arrow overachiever who has never really lived life... until he falls for his new neighbor, the beautiful and seemingly innocent Danielle (Elisha Cuthbert). When Matthew discovers this perfect girl next door is a one-time porn star, his sheltered existence begins to spin out of control. Ultimately, Danielle helps Matthew emerge from his shell and discover that sometimes you have to risk everything for the person you love.

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  • Sep 09, 2012
    An underrated and wildly entertaining teen flick. I can understand why an adult wouldn't like it, but it is the definitive movie for male teens. Emile Hirsch plays a high school senior who gets a new 19-year-old neighbor, an extremely charming and magnetic blond played by Elisha Cuthbert. The things they do together is undoubtedly every guys fantasy and it comes to life smoothly on-screen. Timothy Olyphant plays an ex "co-worker" of Cuthberts, and his performance is very likeable. The film, like the guys in the movie, is dirty, yet leaves you satisfied. I can imagine this being extremely re-watchable, echoing the same trait as Superbad. The Girl Next Door is consistently fun, charming, and hilarious, and the fact that it gets more down-and-dirty than any other teen comedy is what makes it unique.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2011
    you have to love the girl next door. I'm talking about the girl mainly but this film was quite fun if not a copy of risky business
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2011
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2011
    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 K Super Reviewer

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