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The Girl Next Door Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    In the end it's not the tricks that elevate this movie. It's the acting.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    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.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Sharp, vivacious comedy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Builds up enough good will during its successful first half that we're willing to forgive some of the strange and disappointing convolutions the plot takes us through during the final 45 minutes.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    A mildly satirical but essentially sweet, benign comedy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Stunningly bad teen sex comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has explicit sexual references and situations. Many of the main characters work in the pornography industry. While the glimpses of porn video footage are brief and more suggestive than explicit, there are some graphic images and there is a lot of vulgar humor. Characters go to a strip club and get lap dances. Characters also drink and smoke, and a character's inadvertent use of the drug Ecstasy is portrayed as humorous. There is some violence, including fights, and characters use very strong language. Parents should also be aware that they may find the overall themes of the movie inappropriate even for older teens, including the idea of the porn star as a fantasy romantic figure.

  • Families can talk about what Matthew and Danielle see in each other and what the prospects for their future relationship are likely to be.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Tense situations, some fighting.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Very explicit sexual situations and references, porn stars, strip club.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Underage character drinks, smokes a cigar, and takes Ecstasy.