The Girl Next Door

April 9th, 2004








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The Girl Next Door

Still of Luke Greenfield in The Girl Next DoorStill of Elisha Cuthbert and Emile Hirsch in The Girl Next DoorStill of Elisha Cuthbert in The Girl Next DoorStill of Elisha Cuthbert, Paul Dano, Emile Hirsch, Sung Hi Lee, Chris Marquette and Amanda Swisten in The Girl Next DoorStill of Elisha Cuthbert and Timothy Olyphant in The Girl Next DoorStill of Elisha Cuthbert and Emile Hirsch in The Girl Next Door

Plot
A teenager's dreams come true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.8/10 (84,756 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Luke Greenfield

Stars: Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Downs, Elisha Cuthbert

Storyline
18-year-old Matthew Kidman is a straight 'A' over-achiever who feels that he has never really lived life till the fall. This is, until he meets 'the girl next door'. Danielle moves in next door, and Matthew thinks he's found the girl of his dreams. All is going well, until Matthew's sex-mad friend Eli reveals that Danielle is actually a ex-porn star. Matthew doesn't know how to take the news or how to treat Danielle, and things go from bad to worse when Danielle's former producer Kelly appears to take her back.

Writers: David Wagner, Brent Goldberg

Cast:
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
Brandon Irons - Troy
Amanda Swisten - April
Sung Hi Lee - Ferrari
Ulysses Lee - Samnang
Harris Laskawy - Dr. Salinger

Taglines: Matt never saw her coming... but all his friends had!



Details

Official Website: Fox [Spain] | Official site [Czech Republic] |

Release Date: 9 April 2004

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $6,003,806 (USA) (11 April 2004) (2148 Screens)

Gross: $14,589,444 (USA) (27 June 2004)



Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (international version) (unrated version)



Did You Know?

Trivia:
During the scene in the strip club when Emile Hirsch is trying to figure out how to smoke the cigar, it falling out of his mouth is an accident. The director liked it so much, he left it in.

Goofs:
Continuity: When in class Mathew's book is turned to a page with a photo, and then as he looks out the window and the view goes back his book is on a different page. Then when we seem him close his book a second later, the page he was on is an different page again.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Woman: [voiceover] How do you want me?
Man: Oh, that's good. Yeah. Just, uh... just get comfortable.
Woman: I'm a little nervous.
Man: Nah, you're doing great.



User Review

The juice is definitely worth the squeeze

Rating: 10/10

Here we have a great example of how decent writers, armed with creative juice to spare, can take a well-worn plot and rework it to make it seem fresh. Just when you think you've got the next twist figured out, you're surprised. This happens throughout the movie, making The Girl Next Door one of the most charming, smart and subversive teen comedies I've seen in a long time - beautifully written, perfectly cast, a real pleasure from start to finish.

Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert and Timothy Olyphant shine in their respective roles as the young man at a crossroads in his life, the girl next door of the title, equally confused, and the scuzball with a heart who knows he has to do the right thing even if it goes against his 'business instincts.' These characters are not one-dimensional, thanks to the superb writing, nor are they caricatures; they come across as genuine individuals, and the comedy in the film comes not at their expense but rather organically, as part of their journey. As Olyphant's character asks Hirsch at one point: "Is the juice worth the squeeze?" In this case, it most definitely is.




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