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The Girl Next Door

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Stunningly bad teen sex comedy.

Movie R 2004 108 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 16+

Love this movie.

I’m 24 and I’ve seen a lot worse movies than this. To all the people who are so sensitive about this crap shut up. Great movie, it’s rated R no s*** this movie isn’t for little kids. Had a great ending, wish they made more movies like they did in the early 2000’s
age 16+

The Girl Next Door

This movie is great for teens the language isn't as bad as common sense says it is. Your teen already probably knows what a pornstar is and its only really rated R because there are some flashes of a girls boobs and a set up of a adult film but this movie is great for older teens

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (14 ):

This movie's overall themes are truly vile. Many films present prostitutes as the romantic ideal, but whether the movie is a silly comedy (Trading Places), a romantic comedy (Pretty Woman), a comedy with literary allusions (Mighty Aphrodite), or even a drama (Leaving Las Vegas and Klute), there is something uncomfortably misogynistic about these heroines. They always seem to be impossible fantasy figures, eternally available and unshockable yet somehow ineradicably pure, and, perhaps the ultimate fantasy, having experienced many men but preferring our leading man.

In the most cynical manner, this movie smugly attempts to have it both ways. It wants us to be titillated by Danielle's past and yet root for her innocent romance. It wants us to assume that she is both hooker and angel. The ultimate conclusion is all the more smarmy for trying not to be. The main actors give decent performances and there are a few moments of comedy, a better-than-average soundtrack, and even a little charm. But the last third of the plot is both vile and stupid.

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