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Re: The Girl Next Door (2004)
« on: June 03, 2013, 09:34:28 am »
Okay, I rewatched this last night for the first time in ages and remember why I don't see it very often.

I think I was watching it with a critical eye because I kept thinking of connections to "Risky Business" (you notice that Emile Hirsch's name is Matthew KIDMAN?).

I forgot about D-Elisha's (see what I did there) cute little giggle and smile, it's very sweet, and you remember how I was about her not being naked in the movie (what sort of por no has a nekkid reveal from the BACK!?) and I think I noticed for the first time that the figure in the window was a body double too (you think she could have shown more, you know?).  It's sort of weird, like the actress herself didn't want us to even IMAGINE her naked (and I might add when you see her with ACTUAL po rn stars, she sticks out like a sore thumb, she's clearly not one of them... and I'm also a little annoyed that those characters are portrayed as empty-brained giddy jigglers, while I'm sure there's a little truth to that, it seems a little too male fantasy, you know?)

But the most annoying thing I found was that once Ollyfantastic shows up, all those character traits of D-Elish that I like just sort of went away, she turned into an interesting character and agent of change for Emile (young Emile!) and just became... honestly, she felt like an accessory to him.  I hate that.  I feel like Ollyfantastic was bogarting her role.  Almost like D-Elish couldn't show up for shooting some days and Olly took over what she needed to do.  While he DOES do things that Elisha wouldn't (like get Emile his first lap dance with that family friend, which I had totally forgotten about), I think Emile's an idiot for taking cues from someone Elisha clearly doesn't like... especially since he comes off like her pimp (part of me thinks he should have suggested Elisha get on stage at the club-- just to freak Emile out).

I also totally forgot drugged-out Emile, that was funny.  Though his "whole off-the-cuff speech turns out to be the best one" thing is getting old, in reality it would have been a somewhat heartfelt but long, rambling, incoherent mess, which would have been more realistic.

You know, since I was listening to Pretty Woman the night before, how great would it have been if we had gotten the tub scene (either one) with Elisha?  You know, they get that motel room and have a fight, what if that was inverted and said something like "people who live in town don't get motel rooms, tonight we're different people" and did something off the wall and crazy, Elisha could have THOUGHT they were going there to get it on but Emile turns it on its' ear and set up a whole sweet and innocent date.  Have a loud, crazy, messy night that they wouldn't do at home.  Marshmallow gun fight, singing along to Indian music videos...

And can someone tell me how old Elisha was meant to be in this flick?


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