The Girl Next Door (2000)

The Girl Next Door (2000)




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In 1995, Oklahoma housewife Stacy Baker sent a topless photo to Gallery, a men's magazine which printed it in their "Girl Next Door" feature. The photo prompted an invitation from Hustler to pose for a photo spread, which led to an offer to star in a porno movie, and Stacy soon left her husband, headed to Los Angeles, and never looked back. A few years later, she was making up to two thousand dollars for each sex scene she performed on camera. The Girl Next Door examines Stacy Valentine's new life and career as one of the leading stars in adult entertainment, as she explains her success ("I know I'm good at sex"); deals with her mother, who remains supportive but refuses to see her daughter's movies; shares the occupational hazards of life as a porn star (frequent rounds of plastic surgery and the difficulty of maintaining a romantic relationship); and struggles to live a normal life in a business that doesn't always encourage it. The Girl Next Door was directed by Christine Fugate, who previously made several acclaimed documentaries for PBS, including Tobacco Blues and Mother Love, and worked on the Playboy Channel's magazine series Sexcetera.
Documentary , Special Interest , Television
Directed By:
Berns Brothers Productions


Critic Reviews for The Girl Next Door

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3)

As a behind-the-scenes life of the sex industry, you get the same fascinating bird's-eye view that Paul Thomas Anderson gave you in Boogie Nights.

June 13, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

A day in the life of Stacy Valentine will take you to the movie set for a DP (double penetration), to the tanning salon, the plastic surgeon for numerous unncessary improvements, and the hypnotherapist.

Full Review… | October 24, 2003

The conclusions that cannot be drawn from The Girl Next Door are as thought-provoking as the ones that can--and perhaps more so.

Full Review… | April 21, 2003

The Girl Next Door shows porn star Stacy Valentine's fierce determination to do whatever it takes to succeed in her chosen profession. Director Fugate's accomplishment is to turn this Barbie doll caricature into a fully realized human being.

March 13, 2003

Intriguing if awkwardly stitched together... Girl doesn't... seem comfortable posing difficult questions but it does offer plenty to shake your head at.

Full Review… | August 27, 2002
Entertainment Today

A playful, powerful, and very honest portrait of a profession we don't see all that often.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

Audience Reviews for The Girl Next Door

Stacy Valentine, a successful porn star, started as an Oklahoma housewife. This documentary's behind-the-scenes reveals about Stacy Valentine are fascinating, but when Valentine wonders about why she's so depressed and where all her personal, emotional, and professional strife comes from, it becomes evident that she isn't a remarkably deep or intelligent human being. She's interesting because she's hot and willing to fuck in any and every which way people can imagine. She's interesting because she's in an interesting industry (say what you want about porn, but it's at least interesting that people pay money to watch other people do something that is generally considered private). But her context is where her fascinating qualities begin and end. Overall, there are interesting parts about this documentary, but its central subject can wear on anyone's patience.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Interesting bio of a woman goaded into sending pics to Gallery, who then ends up divorcing her douche-bag husband when her career takes off as first a nude model, then an adult film star. Interesting watch, though it never really goes anywhere surprising. Worth a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Interesting documentary about a porn star. Kind of like a well-made episode of HBO's REAL SEX, basically.

Justin Remer
Justin Remer

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