This has been on my mind for a couple of days now, and as I know there are at least a few Cafe regulars who are very familiar with this movie, I wanted to get their take (and everyone else's as well).
The other night, I watched "The Girl Next Door" for the second time. The first time I watched it was a few months ago. I guess the first time I watched it, I was either too distracted by Elisha Cuthbert's hottness, or just not paying close enough attention, but here's what hit me flush in the face the second time I viewed it: This movie is basically a remake of the film "Risky Business"!
(Now, for all I know, the TGND/RB connection may already be well-documented, and being discussed all over the Internet, but I haven't looked yet. If it is, I apologize.)
But anyway, has anyone else noticed this? The similarities are STAGGERING (coming from someone who's probably watched RB at least a half-dozen times since it came out 20-some years ago.)
Here are a few off the top of my head:
Main character, bright, enterprising HS senior, looking to get into the big college.
Chance encounter with hooker(RB)/porn star(TGND)-with-a-heart-of-gold.
Gets in way over his head with pimp(RB)/porn producer(TGND), and eventually is ripped off by same.
Needs a get-rich-in-one-night scheme to bail himself out of trouble.
Hooker(RB)/porn star(TGND) gets her "friends" to come to town to help in scheme.
Scheme is overwhelming success, high school senior gets to his college.
I could go on, but I won't. Except, to add that "I'm a Man" by Muddy Waters is played in both films at basically the same point (when the scheme is put into action). Oh, and the high school senior ends up driving a Porche in both films too.
Roger Ebert wrote:"Risky Business" (1983) you will recall, starred Tom Cruise as a young man left home alone by his parents, who wrecks the family Porsche and ends up enlisting a call girl (Rebecca De Mornay) to run a brothel out of his house to raise money to replace the car. The movie is the obvious model for "The Girl Next Door," but it completely misses the tone and wit of the earlier film, which proved you can get away with that plot, but you have to know what you're doing and how to do it, two pieces of knowledge conspicuously absent here.
Rotten Tomatoes wrote:The movie borrows heavily from Risky Business, though Hirsch and Cuthbert are appealing leads.
The Movies tagline wrote:In the tradition of RISKY BUSINESS and AMERICAN PIE comes THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, a sex-soaked teen comedy that actually has a heart
Charlotte Observer wrote:The Girl Next Door is to Risky Business what near-beer is to beer."
Rolling Stone wrote:What if you were a horny high school geek and a porn star moved in next door? Your answer will surely outwit anything in this cut-rate Risky Business."
More than a few people have noticed.
Supercala wrote:If you're going to ripoff another film, make sure it's one that the public liked...like Risky Business or Sixteen Candles."
acsguitar wrote:The fact that Cuthbert doesn't get naked kinda ticks me off
Do I need to explain this?
I'd argue that her character is greatly strengthened by her refusal to do nudity in the film. It was originally scripted in for the window scene (early in the movie and the first scene in which we see her). She told the director that she wasn't going to do it and I think the movie as a story was better for it. Had she done that, especially so early in the film, the character isn't "given away" and she displays a stronger character as a result. She said it wasn't necessary to the movie and I completely agree with her, as the movie is made better because things are left to the imagination and there is more sympathy for her character. Sure it would have been nice to see, but if everything is "given away" so early, you become less interested in the development of her character and therefore less likely to really understand her character. Admittedly the movie, storywise, is a bit of a chick flick, but I personally think its a great story (original or not) with great characters.
Hopefully that makes some sense. Ask more specifically if you want to.