Saturday 29th January 2011

The Girl Next Door

Director: Luke Greenfield
Year: 2004
Stars: Emile Hirsche, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant, Chris Marquette, Paul Dano

Well, this was odd. I still don't really know what to make of it - although I think I enjoyed it.

Something of a high-school satire movie, The Girl Next Door is all about Matthew Kidman (Hirsche), a high school student who falls in love with the girl next door - who also happens to be an ex-porn star.

Half your standard high-school rom-com, half a black comedy, the fact that this movie doesn't quite know what it wants to be (or perhaps knows that it doesn't want to be any one specific thing) makes it all the more likeable. I think.

I'm still confused.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian. I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.