Girl Next Door, The (2004)
Front Cover Actor
Emile Hirsch Matthew Kidman
Elisha Cuthbert Danielle
Timothy Olyphant Kelly
James Remar Hugo Posh
Chris Marquette Eli
Paul Dano Klitz
Timothy Bottoms Mr. Kidman
Donna Bullock Mrs. Kidman
Jacob Young Hunter
Brian Kolodziej Derek
Donna Bollock Mrs. Kidman
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Romance
Director Luke Greenfield
Producer Harry Gittes; Charles Gordon
Writer David Wagner; Brent Goldberg
Studio 20th Century Fox
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 1 hr 40 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
While it suffered a nearly unanimous beating from critics, The Girl Next Door attracted more than a few loyal defenders during its brief box-office lifespan. It pales when compared to its teen-comedy role model (the 1983 classic Risky Business), but you've got to admit that any movie about a teenager whose new next-door neighbor is a 19-year-old former porn star has bona fide cult-movie potential. To its credit, this rather schizoid blend of sleaze and comedy boasts an engaging pair of costars in Emile Hirsch (as the smitten, voyeuristic virgin) and 24's Elisha Cuthbert (as his sexy new house-sitting neighbor). And there are some good laughs in a script that takes unexpected turns when we learn that Cuthbert's character is trying to leave her porn-star past behind, to the chagrin of her pimp-like producer (Timothy Olyphant, in a scene-stealing role). Faring somewhat better than he did with the Rob Schneider non-comedy The Animal, director Luke Greenfield clearly recalls the turbulence that goes hand-in-hand with being young, horny, and confused. There's honesty and even (dare we say it?) maturity to be found in this raging-hormone fantasy, even if it's partially buried in a convoluted plot that's appalling or appealing, depending on your tolerance for good-natured prurience. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Viewing Date 8/24/04
Seen Where Home
Index 1421
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 8/24/04
Purchase Price $18.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
IMDB
All Movie Guide
Folder 012
Product Details
Edition (Unrated Version)
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 024543135869
Chapters
Release Date 8/24/04
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby