Girl Next Door

Girl Next Door

4.5 10
Director: Luke Greenfield

Cast: Elisha Cuthbert, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant

     
 

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The Girl Next Door stars Emile Hirsch (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys) as a high-school guy who finds his world turned upside down when he discovers the beautiful new girl living next door is an adult-film star. Before long, he and his friends are in the middle of a coming-of-age experience like no other. One of two DVD releases for the film, thisSee more details below

Overview

The Girl Next Door stars Emile Hirsch (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys) as a high-school guy who finds his world turned upside down when he discovers the beautiful new girl living next door is an adult-film star. Before long, he and his friends are in the middle of a coming-of-age experience like no other. One of two DVD releases for the film, this disc includes the original R-rated version of the film shown in theaters, but is packed with racy unrated bonuses. Both widescreen and full-screen transfers are available on the disc along with a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. English or Spanish subtitles and Spanish- and French-dubbed audio tracks are also included. Along with the film itself, there is a feature-length audio commentary track by director Luke Greenfield, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and a trivia track. The unrated features include a gaggle of deleted and extended scenes, a blooper reel, two more featurettes, and a sexy image gallery. An R-rated version of the disc was released simultaneously without the unrated supplemental material.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
On the outset, The Girl Next Door might seem like a by-the-numbers raunchy time at the movies, complete with a wacky plot that promises enough partying, high-school misfits, and sexy goodness to wrangle in your typical American Pie filmgoers. Interestingly enough, audiences will be in for quite a surprise when they find out how serious the fantasy-fueled premise actually plays out. While there are enough comedic moments to warm the heart, the coming-of-age dramatics easily take center stage as the filmmakers try and find the balance that someone like Cameron Crowe has excelled at. Still, there's something strange about having a story line this outrageous played so straight-faced. If you were to sum up what happens in the flick to someone who hasn't seen it, it would belie the movie's tone and come off as more of a crazy sex comedy. If anything, The Girl Next Door gives Elisha Cuthbert a chance to shine in a role that shows off her immaculate body as well as her acting chops (even if some of her reactions tend to be on the awkward side). Timothy Olyphant also turns in a standout performance as a sleazy porn producer; his charming psychotic is refreshingly non-stereotypical in both his actions and the smooth performance that he brings to the screen. In the end, there's nothing really wrong with the film (though the third act has about one too many "surprises" in it). It's a sweet tale that will hopefully snag in romantics looking for this kind of light fare. If you're looking for some kind of sleazy teen offering, however, this one is a little on the soft-core side.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
Risky Business had a great opening act and then descended into contrivances. This genial cardboard knockoff is contrived from the start but gets better as it goes along.
Washington Post - Desson Thomson
An entertaining affair whose wild-card creativity never ceases to surprise.
Dallas Observer - Luke Y. Thompson
Best of all, in this movie about high school boys, the high school boys sound and look quite authentic (Paul Dano and Chris Marquette are outstanding in this regard), not watered down as would be the norm.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
UPC:
0024543135869
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
15,980

Special Features

16 uncensored deleted/extended scenes, including the original ending; Unrated gag reel; Two provacative featurettes: "A Look Next Door" and "The Eli Xxxperience"; Sizzling photo gallery; And more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elisha Cuthbert Danielle
Emile Hirsch Matthew Kidman
Timothy Olyphant Kelly
James Remar Hugo Posh
Christopher Marquette Eli
Paul Dano Klitz
Timothy Bottoms Mr. Kidman
Donna Bullock Mrs. Kidman
Jacob Young Hunter
Brian Kolodziej Derek Miller
Brandon Irons Troy
Amanda Swisten April
Ulysses Lee Samnang
Autumn Reeser Actor
Laird Stuart Mr. Kessler
Maria Arce Chloe
Nicolas Downs Bob
Dane Garretson Ryan Wenger
Sung Hi Lee Ferrari
Nicholas Thomas Glenn
Olivia Wade Whitney Parker

Technical Credits
Luke Greenfield Director
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart Blumberg Screenwriter
Chris Douridas Musical Direction/Supervision
Mali Finn Casting
Harry Gittes Producer
Brent Goldberg Original Story,Screenwriter
Charles Gordon Producer
Paul Haslinger Score Composer
Jamie Anderson Cinematographer
David Kelson Sound/Sound Designer
Traci Kirshbaum Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Lineweaver Production Designer
Mark Livolsi Editor
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Rip Murray Asst. Director
Guy Riedel Executive Producer
Marc Sternberg Producer
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
David Wagner Original Story,Screenwriter
Jason Weil Art Director
Richard Wenk Co-producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Girl Next Door [Unrated]
2. Main Titles [:25]
3. Blank Page [:14]
4. Prom Fever [2:33]
5. Cutting Class [1:39]
6. The Girl Next Door [2:30]
7. Payback [1:11]
8. Go With It [1:30]
9. Matt's Girl [5:03]
10. Pron Star [1:18]
11. Being the Man [4:40]
12. Kelly [3:15]
13. Sex Ed [1:21]
14. Pressing Flesh [4:00]
15. Hot Directors [2:37]
16. Believing [2:16]
17. Squeezing Juice [3:58]
18. Consequences [1:56]
19. Trippin' Out [4:27]
20. Moral Fiber [3:32]
21. Zero Balance [:44]
22. Hatching a Plan [6:07]
23. Senior Prom [1:10]
24. Lights, Camera... [2:05]
25. Action! [2:06]
26. Being Crazy [3:54]
27. Showtime [:29]
28. I'll Never Forget [3:16]
29. End Titles [2:47]
Side #2 -- Special Features
1. Scene Specific Commentaries by Emile Hirsch: The Whole Package [2:39]
2. Scene Specific Commentaries by Emile Hirsch: Pool Hopping [1:54]
3. Scene Specific Commentaries by Emile Hirsch: Bad Advice [1:31]
4. Scene Specific Commentaries by Emile Hirsch: Strip Club [2:36]
1. Scene Specific Commentaries by Elisha Cuthbert: Room With a View [2:04]
2. Scene Specific Commentaries by Elisha Cuthbert: The Whole Package... [2:39]
3. Scene Specific Commentaries by Elisha Cuthbert: Sherwood Diner [2:17]
4. Scene Specific Commentaries by Elisha Cuthbert: Pool Hopping [2:28]
5. Scene Specific Commentaries by Elisha Cuthbert: Bad Advice [3:16]
1. Financing Georgetown [:28]
2. Making Small Talk [:38]
3. The Whole Package (Extended) [:34]
4. First Date (Extended) [1:22]
5. Part of a Perfect Day [:47]
6. This is Why I Drive [:17]
7. Eli Gets Excited [:30]
8. Boozing and Bonding [:32]
9. Give Her a Throw [:21]
10. Off the Beaten Path [:17]
11. Regrets [1:11]
12. Village Chase [:16]
13. Love in the Limo (Extended) [1:16]
14. Adult Education [1:30]
15. Eli's Q&A (Extended) [:18]
16. Original Ending [:30]

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