Girl Next Door
- Cert: 15PG
- Details: US / 110 mins / .
Think Risky Business with a little less direction and urgency (if that's possible), and you're someway towards the reality of The Girl Next Door. The picture adheres too readily and far too rigidly to a formula with most of the scenes abandoning any sort of real development in favour of a bland alt-rock soundtrack, which merely highlights the underwritten nature of the material. Funnily enough, there's an interesting film about sexual attitudes and promiscuity screaming to get out here, but The Girl Next Door is so caught up in the incessant need for the quick fire gag that it misses the mark. But it's not all bad news: Timothy Olyphant tries his best to single-handily save the movie with a charmingly sleazy performance which occasionally becomes something more and dangerous. However, he's reigned in before he can take the film to unpredictable levels which says more about the ambitions of the filmmakers.
Review by Garreth Murphy | 09:00 | Thursday 8th April 2004 | Movie Review
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