The Girl Next Door
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The Girl Next Door drops in on the UK April 2, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.

Eighteen-year-old Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch) is a straight-arrow over-achiever who has never really lived life… until he falls for his new neighbor, the beautiful and seemingly innocent Danielle (Elisha Cuthbert). When Matthew discovers this perfect “girl next door” is a one-time porn star, his sheltered existence begins to spin out of control. Ultimately, Danielle helps Matthew emerge from his shell and discover that sometimes you have to risk everything for the person you love.

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR is a comedy about opposite worlds, views and backgrounds colliding. It is about a boy with a future and a girl with a past. A boy who is about to lose his innocence and a girl who is trying to regain it.

The film asks, How far are you willing to go for the person you love? Are you willing to risk everything? If you want the girl next door, you had better be willing to risk it all and experience a journey for which you never could have prepared.

Director Luke Greenfield wanted to bring a combustible mix of humor, risk and love to THE GIRL NEXT DOOR. The story – an innocent young man falls for his beautiful, seemingly innocent neighbor, only to discover she's an ex-porn star – could easily have been turned into a raucous teen comedy. But Greenfield was on a different track. “I like exploring life's wild side, and I envisioned the film as being about a normal guy who's thrown into a wild and dangerous situation,” he says. “I was looking for a mix of realism and volatility. Of course, the film had to be funny, but at the same time it had to be heartfelt, edgy and a little bit scary.”

Greenfield wanted to depict a comedy of real life – humor derived from the vulnerabilities of its characters and the challenges they must meet head on. The lead character, high school senior Matthew, has his sights are set on a political

 
Film - The Girl Next Door drops in on the UK April 2, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.
Film - The Girl Next Door drops in on the UK April 2, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.
Film - The Girl Next Door drops in on the UK April 2, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.

career. Now, for the first time in his life, he's out of his element when he falls for Danielle.

The project originated four years ago when the screenwriting team of Brent Goldberg and David T. Wagner came up with a concept, and then a screenplay, about a high school student dating an adult film star. Producers Charles Gordon, Harry Gittes and Marc Sternberg sparked to the idea right away, and brought Luke Greenfield on board to direct after Gordon and Sternberg watched a screening of Greenfield 's 10-minute comedy film, “The Right Hook.” “I see a thousand shorts a year,” says Gordon, “but nothing as good as Luke's film.”

Greenfield set to work on taking what he calls “a great concept” and making it his own, adding realism, danger and surprises. As development continued on THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, Adam Sandler hired Greenfield to direct the Rob Schneider comedy “The Animal,” which Sandler's company was producing. “I would call Chuck Gordon all the time, begging him, ‘Please wait for me!',” says Greenfield . “I couldn't stop thinking about the project. The second I finished production on ‘The Animal,' I was meeting with Chuck, figuring out how we could get THE GIRL NEXT DOOR made.”

Greenfield and the producers brought in screenwriter Stuart Blumberg who, under Greenfield 's supervision, infused the story with a more realistic sensibility, fleshing out some characters and adding new ones. The project continued to move forward until, nearly four years after its inception, a read-through of the script landed a “green light.”

 

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