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The Girl Next Door (2004)

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

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Storyline

18-year-old Matthew Kidman is a straight 'A' over-achiever who feels that he has never really lived life to the full. That 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. Written by FilmFanUK

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and some drug/alcohol use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La chica de al lado  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,184 (USA) (30 March 2001)

Gross:

$14,589,444 (USA) (25 June 2004)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emile Hirsch and Paul Dano later appeared with actor Bruce Willis in different films both released in 2006: Hirsch in Alpha Dog and Dano in Fast Food Nation. See more »

Goofs

When Mathew opens the mail it is addressed to 86 Hillspoint Road, but when he walks up to his home shortly after it shows this house number of 1504. See more »

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.
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Connections

Spoofs Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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SWEET HOME ALABAMA
Written by Edward King (as Ed King), Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The juice is definitely worth the squeeze
20 April 2004 | by (L A.) – See all my reviews

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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