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The Neighbor (2008)

Matthew Modine , Michele Laroque , Eddie O'Flaherty  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Modine, Michele Laroque
  • Directors: Eddie O'Flaherty
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001957A1W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,432 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Neighbor" on IMDb

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Jeff, (Matthew Modine) a businessman and artist, watches as his life begins to unravel after learning his ex-wife is going to marry his best friend. To add to his distress, Christine (Michele Laroque), a feisty real estate developer who lives in the apartment above him, is bound and determined to acquire his apartment. Their unfriendly housing situation results in comedic screaming matches, small fires and lots of slamming doors. But fate has a plan for these two. Attempting to gain entry into his wife s wedding, Jeff agrees to move out on one condition: if Christine agrees to attend his ex-wife s wedding as his date. Happy to get rid of her long-time nemesis, she agrees to attend. But after a slow dance and a kiss at the wedding, Christine begins to rethink her renovation plans and Matthew realizes that Christine might just be the person with whom he can rebuild his life with.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars refreshing quirky romantic comedy! December 20, 2008
The Neighbor (2007) with michelle laroque and matthew modine is a refreshing quirky romantic comedy with a beautiful mature french leading lady - and she has character lines on her face and is real - none of this hollywood plastic airbrushed perfection. It's so nice to find a movie to watch without the top 5 hollywood stars in. Let's see some fresh foreign faces for a change that give an alternative view on life, love and eternity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oddball, Cute, 40-something, Romantic Comedy January 18, 2011
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Ok, so not all romantic-comedies have to star the young, sexy stars. How about some middle aged types? Or older like Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. This one exudes plenty of quirkiness, some slapstick, and the typical love-hate relationship.

Matthew Modine plays a bohemian, artist-architect(he's actually a painter in real life), divorcee-dad, who just can't get over his ex. A floor below him, lives a driven, french woman, business developer who wants him out so she can live in peace and add on to her place.

He's a bit of a dork, unruly, irresponsible but passionate on principles. She and her equally uptight fiance are major up and comers, organized and planned for every step of the future. It becomes a battle of noncongruences between the neighbors in the worse and funniest ways. That is until they realize how truly unhappy they both are in their separate, weird worlds.

I like the actors- both in their late 40's; her fiance talks about having kids- better hurry up! If you like younger stars in RC's, seek another flick. The story's fun, the ending satisfying. I can live with middle age romances because, well, that's me! Minimum language, no sex, no nudity, but intended for adults.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good film!! October 30, 2008
This was such a great movie! I really wasn't expecting much - it was a friend's choice. But the film has a really great feel to it. Its got a very satisfying quality to it. Matthew Modine is really good in this one. I don't want to spoil the movie, but there are also some really funny moments. I would watch this film again and again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars dvd March 6, 2014
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funny movie but not crazy about it. sold it back on amazon to someone who will like it more than I did
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and whitty . . . July 28, 2013
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I enjoyed the play between the characters. It was great to watch them so angry and iritated with each other then the gradual softening between the two.

Matthew Modine's character has a daughter and she's great!

Enjoyed the movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Modine is why I bought this. January 10, 2013
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I saw Modine in WIND and wanted to see more of his work. I was pleased with this one. I loved WIND. I think you will watch this a couple of times if it remains in your video library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie November 26, 2012
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I was looking for a movie to watch that was enjoyable and found this. I like movies of Matthew Modine. He is a combination of funny, impressive actor. This could be categorized as cute romantic movie. You can watch it with all your family members.
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Really, I would rate this at 3.5 stars, but since Amazon won't allow that rating I had to give it a 4 because it was a little better than OK. [I like to save my 4 ratings for movies I strongly enjoy but they just miss the "MUST see" mark of a 5-rating.]

This was interesting and basically enjoyable, though it follows the age old Harlequin Romance story formula (ie they hate each other, but due to living proximity are forced to interact - and somehow one day they discover they actually like each other...there's a spark of romance and possibility.)

The lead female is not an actress I'm familiar with, but she was pretty good and I enjoyed her accent. As far as other reviewers suggesting she was too old for the pairing to be reasonable - I would have to wonder how young she believes the male actors to be in this. It was entirely age appropriate as far as her with the men - BUT, perhaps not for the fiancee's wanting/expecting her to have 3 kids as they'd be starting out late. Doable, but I would've just crossed that out of the script I think. At any rate, it matters little.

Overall it was pleasantly charming. If you're in the mood for that kind of story - see it. :-)
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