The Girl Next Door


The Girl Next Door

Critics 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.

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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 President
Stephanie Fabian
as Mina Lopez
Michael Villani
as TV Talk Show Host
Dan Klass
as School Photographer
Benjamin Banks
as Karate Guy in Porn Film
Tomas Herrera
as Film School Student
John Harrington Bland
as Fan at Convention
Shulan Tuan
as Samnang's Mother
Nicholas Downs
as Bob in '70s Sex-Ed Film
Danny Seckel
as Bob's Friend in '70s Sex-Ed Film
Reda Beebe
as Cocktail Waitress
Rudy Mettia
as Limo Driver
Chris Verdiglione
as Responsible Media Minion
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 Scholarship Banquet
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Critic Reviews for The Girl Next Door

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (35)

  • This is not entirely your average greasy teen movie, and frequently manages to be quite funny, and ambivalent, about vicious competitiveness at US high schools and sickly, sex-saturated modern life.

    Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The Girl Next Door might have been another slice of American Pie if it wasn't quite so unsavoury.

    Apr 20, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Apr 17, 2004 | Full Review…
  • Risky Business, while cynical and salacious, also had style, charm and heart. The Girl Next Door is just nasty, loud and empty.

    Apr 12, 2004
  • 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.

    Apr 9, 2004
  • The picture feels fresh and audacious thanks to its smart script and sassy cast.

    Apr 9, 2004

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