Sunday, June 09, 2013
1851 - The Girl Next Door
It's been a long time since I've seen this film and I'm happy to say it stands up almost ten years later as well as it did when I first say it. It's the story of an unpopular high-school student who falls for the girl next door, and she's into him as well - and then he discovers she's a former porn star.
It's a super solid sex comedy, but it's a little bit more than that. Elisha Cuthbert is something special here. She's gorgeous, sure, there's that. But she has this amazing vulnerability that comes across here in a really interesting way. It would have been so easy for her character to be one note, but she's got a strength and a sadness and it comes across beautifully. Emile Hirsh is perfect, you buy that he could be with this girl, but also that he's had a bit of arrested development himself. Timothy Olyphant really is the stand-out here - he's the buddy, he's the villain, he's dynamic as shit here.
If you haven't seen this you really need to check it out. It's delightful, it's funny, it's sweet. It's a ride. Do yourself a favor and check it out.