The Girl Next Door (2004)

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I was hoping for a teen angst movie about a changing world of sex and drinking, instead I got a confusing movie that was trying to be deep, and funny, and to have a believable plot. The movie starts out with Matt, the main character, falling in love with Elisha Cuthbert who just moved in next door. But then he finds out she used to be a pornstar,
starts to hate her, treats her badly and messes things up. It was a neat love story, she was upset because he looked at her differently, and that is what she wanted, but then it took a turn for the worse. All of a sudden Matt was caught up in the seedy underworld, owing producers big money, risking his great future, and jail, all for this girl.

There was so much focus on his being this bright kid with a future and it was moving towards the idea that he was reconsidering everything for this girl, but this movie had a long rambling stretch where it couldn’t figure out what type of movie it wanted to be, teen angst, or thriller. Overall, it wasn’t nearly as fun as it should have been for a Friday night popcorn fun show.

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