The Girl Next Door=lame

I’m sitting at home hanging with my roomie and bffl Sally, and The Girl Next Door Comes on tv.  I know that when it first came out there was so much hype, but I never really liked it.  Guys LOVE this movie.  If it’s mentioned you will hear nothing but good commentary, even though the main chick is a butterface, the lead guy is totally lame, and there’s maybe three actually funny scenes.  These things don’t usually make for a movie people love, yet this one has done well.  Why?

The Girl Next Door is a chickflick for dudes.

Don’t believe me?  Here are some scenes you’d typically find in a movie like The Notebook, not a movie about a dude hooking up with a porn star:

  • first kiss happens at a party they weren’t even invited to, and popular guy is rejected for the lead guy who is also lame
  • countless shots of the lead guy and girl staring at each other in slow motion
  • the lead guy and his dorky friends are in the car with the punk-looking porn producer, and the popular jocks drive by in their pickup truck and stare them down, all in slow motion (of course).  This is the equivalent of the popular girls staring down the lead chick and her lame friends as they pass each other in the hallway.

These are only a few examples, but if you watch it you’re bound to find more.  The thing that blows my mind about this is how much guys knock chickflicks, even the ones that have really greating writing and acting (Clueless, Mean Girls, etc).  Chickflicks for dudes are way worse, mainly because they are trying so hard to deny what they actually are and end up looking even worse.  Look at A Walk To Remember.  So bad, yet dudes love it.  Why?  I don’t think I could ever answer that.

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