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The Girl Next Door (2004)



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

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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 (Elisha Cuthbert), a beautiful 19-year-old blonde, moves in next door. Danielle is playful, spontaneous, and doesn't always remember to draw her shades, and before long Matthew is head over heels in love. Danielle soon finds herself taken with Matthew as well, but their relationship takes an unusual turn when he discovers that, before she moved to town, Danielle had a successful career as a porn actress. Matthew is able to convince Danielle that she's cut out for better things in life than appearing in porn videos, but his advice doesn't especially please Kelly (Timothy Olyphant) or Hugo (James Remar), two porn moguls who figure Matthew owes them big-time after convincing their leading lady to drop out of the adult industry. The Girl Next Door -- which, appropriately enough, shares its title with a 1999 documentary about adult film superstar Stacy Valentine -- also features Timothy Bottoms, Paul Dano, and Chris Marquette.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
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Emile Hirsch
as Matthew Kidman
James Remar
as Hugo Posh
Paul Dano
as Klitz
Timothy Bottoms
as Mr. Kidman
Donna Bullock
as Mrs. Kidman
Sung Hi Lee
as Ferrari
Ulysses Lee
as Samnang
Harris Laskaway
as Dr. Salinger
Julie Osburn
as Jeannie
Laird Stuart
as Mr. Ruether
Dane Garretson
as Ryan Wenger
Dane A. Garretson
as Ryan Winger
Richard Fancy
as Mr. Peterson
Catherine McGoohan
as Mrs. Peterson
Olivia Wade
as Whitney Parker
Josh Henderson
as Pep Rally Jock
John-Clay Scott
as Rent-a-Cop
Ellis E. Williams
as Scholarship Presiden...
Stephanie Fabian
as Mina Lopez
Michael Villani
as TV Talk Show Host
Dan Klass
as School Photographer
Benjamin Banks
as Karate Guy in Porn F...
Tomas Herrera
as Film School Student
John Harrington Blan...
as Fan at Convention
Shulan Tuan
as Samnang's Mother
Nicholas Downs
as Bob in '70s Sex-Ed F...
Danny Seckel
as Bob's Friend in '70s...
Reda Beebe
as Cocktail Waitress
Rudy Mettia
as Limo Driver
Chris Verdiglione
as Responsible Media Mi...
Martin Pierron
as Media Minion
Freddy Smith
as Media Minion
Ray Mond
as Media Minion
Ricardo Amaya
as Media Minion
Hector Garcia
as Media Minion
Beth Buck
as Attractive Woman at ...
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Critic Reviews for The Girl Next Door

All Critics (168) | 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
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

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

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.

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.

Alex roy

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 (3 years ago)
April: Is your name really Clitz?
Klitz: Yeah, with a K.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Klitz: Dude, am I ugly?
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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