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The Girl Next Door (2004)

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

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Luke Greenfield

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David Wagner (story) (as David T. Wagner), Brent Goldberg (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Harris Laskawy ... Dr. Salinger
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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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Taglines:

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl Next Door See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,184, 30 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,589,444, 27 June 2004
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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. See more »

Goofs

When Matt receives the acceptance letter from Georgetown, it appears to be a "thin" package that would signify a single rejection letter, rather than the more traditional "thick" package that signifies acceptance and contains all the materials needed. 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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Alternate Versions

In the alternate ending, Matt is *not* shown at college (as he is in the original version) but instead he is wearing a suit and smoking a cigar - standing at Capitol Hill, where we assume he is now working. See more »

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Soundtracks

SONG FOR A BLUE GUITAR
Written by Mark Kozelek
Performed by Red House Painters
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The sweetest R-rated (or 15 certificate) movie in recent memory.
23 April 2004 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

Responsibility for "The Girl Next Door"'s poor performance at the US box office - as well as over here - can be laid firmly at the feet of Twentieth Century Fox's marketing people; the tagline "Matt never saw her coming - but all his friends had!" made it seem like a full-on sex comedy, when it's actually a lot more than that; director Luke Greenfield and writers Stuart Blumberg, David T. Wagner and Brent Goldberg put more emphasis on the characters than the raunch, which makes all the difference. There's more to the movie than the sight of Elisha Cuthbert in a thong (in interviews she revealed that it is indeed her there... if not elsewhere in the movie).

The debt this movie owes to "Risky Business" - starting with the score by ex-Tangerine Dream member Paul Haslinger (Tangerine Dream scored "Risky Business") - is pretty clear; both movies have bright but slightly life-challenged graduate students given to fantasising about things that go wrong as their main characters (step forward Emile Hirsch as the sympathetic hero), both have sex-obsessed best friends, both have women in the sex business as the main female characters who come into the hero's uptight life and help to liberate him, and both have sleazy male bosses (Timothy Olyphant plays the Guido equivalent). The movie also has the same mostly restrained view of its story where other movies would have played up the farce aspects - the only real hi-jinks come when the movie's plot takes in the Adult Film Convention in Las Vegas - but "The Girl Next Door" is a lot more engaging and has a lot more heart than "Risky Business" (good though that movie is, charm is not its strong point), with the title character seen as more of a person than a masturbatory object both by our hero and by the movie. When she goes with a motel with him and starts to play up The Porn Star, you really hope they don't go through with it.

The mood set up in the early stages is so convincing that when Olyphant's porn producer character turns up the movie seems to turn into another one entirely (and if you go to see this because of Elisha's "one for the men" status, I must warn you that she spends alarming amounts of time off-screen); it's still a good one, but it damages the overall movie's tone, and for most of the rest of the movie it veers back and forth between sweet and sleazy... but the amazing thing is that "The Girl Next Door" actually manages to find a happy balance of the two by the time the prom climax arrives (with more echoes of "Risky Business" en route, for sure).

True, there's no actual sex seen and little nudity, but the cast works so well and the movie's so sincere that by the end it doesn't seem like a ripoff. With good use of songs blending with the score, well-done fantasy sequences, and a welcome dose of intelligence in its writing, "The Girl Next Door" is probably the most adorable movie to get an R rating since "Pretty Woman," and well worth seeing even if you don't have a thing for Kim off "24." But this isn't for the "Daily Sport" crowd. Which is their loss.

"The juice was worth the squeeze."


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