There has been a lot of controversy and debate over The Girl Next Door. Its a sinister and gut wrenching film based on true events of a young girl who is held captive, tortured and raped by her sadistic aunt and a group of neighbourhood boys. I just finished watching it and as demented as this sounds, I actually thought it was a beautiful film. Don't get me wrong... there are no redeeming qualities to the story. There is no happy ending and there is nothing fun about it... but its an important story of innocence lost. There's a very strong moral underlay at work and few films really deal with such a horrible subject like this. It will be hard for most people to watch (personally, I had no difficulty with it) but I dont think its a film that should be ignored. I know I will be watching this one several times over in the coming months. I think there's a lot to get out of it. Cinematically its a great film.