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Thursday, November 18, 2004

The Girl Next Door

Two nights ago, out of boredom, I popped in the DVD 'The Girl Next Door' and promptly watched it. Heck, I enjoyed it so much, I watched it again the next afternoon, and immediately after that, a third time, this time with the director's commentary on. To be honest, I've never really watched films of that genre, but I suppose some prodding by Steph has changed that.

Okay, I know that the movie is a bit old. Laugh all you want. But I tremendously enjoyed the movie. No, not because Elisha played an ex-porn star in that movie. Why then? I suppose because of the incredible way the movie was pulled off. The usage of eye contact in the movie was extraordinary; the way Danielle (Elisha) looked and talked when Matthew wanted to bed her in a motel.

"Isn't this what you want? To fuck a porn star in a cheap motel? *pause* So this is what you think about me..." A powerful reminder to us guys out there that women have feelings; and to never treat our ladies as sex objects. In the movie, that shattered Danielle's faith post-porn industry, and she promptly calls back her pimp to take her back in. Then the shot of Danielle at the SexExpo as she smiles for the cameras, which promptly turns into the look of a woman trapped as she turns to walk to another part of the stage. And the shots of the pimp and the school bullies staring each other out was just so cool, as was the mesmerizing looks of Elisha during the only (very tame) love scene in the movie. I could almost believe that she was in love with me, and not the male lead. Yep, she was that good.

There was a reasonable amount of suspense in the movie as well; i.e. when the pimp started putting on leather gloves on a deserted lane (which was full of bullet casings), you wondered if he was going to pull out a gun at any moment. Or when they were making the porn movie at the prom, and the teacher promptly walks in. You could just feel yourself gasp in shock, then you realize it was one of those 'what if' scenarios. Et cetera.

But perhaps the main reason why I was attracted to the movie was simply because I am the kind of guy who would definitely fall for the girl-next-door type. Ah well.


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