FBMR - The Girl Next Door
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THE GIRL NEXT DOOR (2004) ***1/2

Call me a sucker for teen flicks, but I really liked this movie. It definitely wasnít your average high-school-kid-falls-for-the-girl-next-door-who-happens-to-be-a-porn-star story. Thereís much more going on that just that. And you donít even have to be into or know much about porn to enjoy this film (although it doesnít hurt). Itís much more than just ďa little funnyĒ. When I saw the previews, it looked like it would be a lot of fun, but I wasnít expecting it to be as good and funny as it was.

Good-looking jocks and cheerleaders rule the school (so what else is new?), and the school president, Matthew (Emile Hirsch), is more of an outcast than anything else. Though not a full-out nerd, his academics are important to him. He longs to do crazy and care-free things the jocks and cheerleaders get away with. When Danielle (Elisha Cuthbert), moves in next door, she takes his breath away and helps him out with some crazy adventures. When he finds out that sheís a porn star, the trouble begins. Her producer, Kelly (Timothy Olyphant), finds her and wants to get her back in the business. Heís very charming, but not without his dark side. Meanwhile, Matthew has been accepted to Georgetown University but can only go if he gets a scholarship based on a speech heís prepared about ďMoral FibreĒ.

Itís a fairly long film, just over two hours, but itís so packed with antics and conflict that it would almost have been disappointing if it werenít as long as it was. I loved the connection Matthew and Danielle have. Kelly is a great character. There were some bizarre random lines that were way out there that made me laugh. In fact, there were quite a few big laugh moments, some very predictable, some surprising. Itís actually quite a sweet movie, too. Lots of fun!