Review Date: February 24, 2004
Director: Luke Greenfield
Writer: Stuart Blumberg, David Wagner, Brent Goldberg
Producers: Harry Gittes, Marc Sternberg, Charles Gordon
Emile Hirsch as Matthew
Elisha Cuthbert as Danielle
Timothy Olyphant as Kelly
I could have done without the abrupt scenes of violence which made their way into the film, would have preferred a more believable ending, rather than the elongated, over-the-top conclusion that they ended up with here and thought it could have used a better editor, or at the very least, someone to make the pacing feel less scattered at times, but the truth is that much of this film worked because the relationship between the young nerd and the hottie next door neighbor was believable and really quite sweet. Cuthbert, in particular, was divine in her role, which didn't simply require her to look as hot as someone who is hot can look, but also to provide her character with a soul, an inside that wasn't a caricature or stereotypically slutty. She covered her bases nicely in this film and if my memory serves, did so without removing a stitch of clothing for the camera (although the film does display other forms of T&A throughout) Emile Hirsch also played his subdued role very well and was admirably backed by his two geeky buddies, both of whom developed into saps that we cared a little about by the end. Nice friendship angle. Overall, I would definitely recommend this movie to fans of John Hughes' 80s teen comedies, anyone who appreciates a creative twist on a number of chartered territories and anyone who isn't offended by swearing, sexual frivolousness or the deeper recesses of actual teen angst, insecurity and horniness. Needless to say, I could relate on all counts because I'm still a teen...in my jeans! "Show that shit!"