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The Girl Next Door (2004)

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Re: The Girl Next Door (2004)
Added by Joe Rickey   on 2004-04-10 13:50:35

The Girl Next Door was utterly charming, sexy, and hilarious. Marquette's Eli was downright hysterical and Cuthbert definitely fit the role of Danielle to a T. Olyphant also provided laughs as the porn producer. He looked alot like Johnny Knoxville in this movie; at least I thought so. I hope that this becomes a word-of-mouth hit because it doesn't look like it's going to become a hit any other way; opening at #10 yesterday.




Re: The Girl Next Door (2004)
Added by Brodie James (email, web) on 2004-04-11 12:42:37

Perhaps it's poor performance this weekend can be attributed to it's lack of actual "porn" in the film, considering "porn" is the theme. Talk about false advertising.




Re: The Girl Next Door (2004)
Added by Joe Rickey   on 2004-04-11 15:48:47

Well, the characters do go to an adult entertainment show in Las Vegas, and having porn in the film would probably qualify the film for a NC-17 rating. As it was, it was still very entertaining.




Re: The Girl Next Door (2004)
Added by John Ulmer   on 2004-04-12 11:55:17

It also got extremely mixed reviews. Ebert gave it .5 out of 4 while Internet critic Steve Rhodes gave it 4/4. It's definitely a "hit or miss" comedy judging from its reaction. I'm eager to see it.




Re: The Girl Next Door (2004)
Added by Joe Rickey   on 2004-04-12 18:38:55

Ebert also gave 'The Life of David Gale' zero stars and there's no way that film deserved such a rating. Sometimes, his reasoning for disliking films has more to do with personal vendettas moreso than whether the film was actually good or not.




Re: Girl Next Door, The (2004)
Added by John Ulmer   on 2004-07-22 19:10:47

Joe,

I just saw this film last night and was blown away. I expected little and fell in love with it - I totally agree with Rhodes and disagree with Ebert. He was prejudiced because the film deals with pornography and is marketed towards teenagers. He shouldn't judge a film by that - he should judge it based on what it's trying to accomplish.

I thought this one was a lot smarter than most teen comedies, with funnier jokes, more believable characters (teens being played by teens for once!), and a good moral message underneath the outer layer of smut. I also agree about the Olyphant/Knoxville connection.

I laughed like crazy at some scenes. Cuthbert is one of the most talented and beautiful actresses working today - I wasn't familiar with her work before this but she delivered a deep character in a film that could have just been filled with a bunch of corny, lame sex jokes.

Ebert gave American Pie 3/4 and this 0.5/4? I don't believe it. If anything, PIE promoted sex, whereas this encourages true love, which is a fine thing for a film nowadays.

The soundtrack was great, too. I can't wait to buy the DVD. This is one of my favorite films from 2004 and I was very surprised by it -- I expected little (I hate most teen comedies) but this was so much better than I had expected.

Too bad it flopped. I hope it does well on video - it deserves to.




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