The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door

Luke Greenfield (2004)

104min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Appearances are deceptive in more ways than one in this boisterous comedy from The Animal director Luke Greenfield. Conceived by the writers of Van Wilder: Party Liaison, Brent Goldberg and David T Wagner, the feature plays out its first half like a hackneyed "boy meets girl" yarn, as nerdy high-school overachiever Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch) falls for his gorgeous new neighbour (Elisha Cuthbert of TV's 24), only to discover she's a former porn star. It's cliché-ridden nonsense, but then in a welcome shift, teen fodder suddenly turns into Risky Business-style hilarity. As lovesick Matthew's life spirals out of control, the humour develops a sharper edge, and the deeper into disaster he gets, the funnier it becomes. By using the adult entertainment world as a source of cheeky laughs, the film-makers give the tale real colour, even if the industry mechanics they depict are more male fantasy than reality. With likeable performances adding to an overall sense of youthful vitality, the result is an endearingly daft and airy romp.

Summary

A bookish teenager is far more concerned with academic achievement than having fun, until he is smitten by a gorgeous newcomer to the neighbourhood. However, when her colourful past in the adult movie business comes to light, he is convinced it is his mission to turn the former porn star into prom queen material. Romantic comedy, starring Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant and James Remar.

Cast & Crew

Matthew Kidman Emile Hirsch
Danielle Elisha Cuthbert
Kelly Timothy Olyphant
Hugo Posh James Remar
Eli Christopher George Marquette
Klitz Paul Dano
Mr Kidman Timothy Bottoms
Mrs Kidman Donna Bullock
Hunter Jacob Young
Derek Brian Kolodziej
Troy Brandon Irons
Director Luke Greenfield
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 16 Apr 2004

Comedy Drama

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