The city of Angels ... Los Angeles has been a lot of things in film. We've seen the gritty backdrop and gangs, as well as the wining, dining, shopping and deals. Now we're going to get the city all romanticized with Matthew Modine and Michèle Laroque (Ma vie en rose). Yes, Mr. Modine, whose most recent big film was Transporter 2, is going to star with the French actress in her first English-language film -- The Neighbor. It might not be the pair you'd expect, but we also don't think of LA as a city of romance, so there's a first for everything.

The script was written by Fighting Tommy Riley director Eddie O'Flaherty and J.P. Davis, who wrote and starred in the film. Neighbor deals with Modine's Jeff, a man who is headed for a nervous breakdown due to his failing business and some distressing news from his daughter (Joe Mantegna's daughter, Gina Mantegna). She shares that his ex-wife (Meredith Scott Lynn) is marrying his former best friend (David Youse). Jeff's stress is compounded by the real estate developer who moves into the condo below him -- Laroque's Christine, who expected him to move out while she renovates her new home. The tension predictably becomes romantic, but of course, there are further complications -- Christine also has an uptight fiance (Ed Quinn) and troublesome boss (Richard Kind) who enter the equation.

While the film sounds like an amalgam of other ideas, it seems like they're banking on the Los Angeles angle to make it fly. Producer Karen Shapiro told The Hollywood Reporter: "The script has intelligence and heart and showcases Los Angeles in a new light. The gorgeous, romantic L.A. skyline and the revitalized downtown district with its loft condos are key elements of the film." Does that spin really make it seem fresh? The plot above brings to mind a number of films and television shows (*cough* Grey's Anatomy *cough*), what does it remind you of?
categories Cinematical