Still, she can't help but tweak that innocence just a little, encouraging him to be more adventurous, daring him to skip school, go swimming in his principal's backyard pool, and "just go with it." Cue sweet montages in the car, in the diner, in his room while he studies and she listens to music.
Eager to describe her perfection (Danielle appears in the bedroom window across the way from his), Matt endures Eli's counter-commentary on the latest porn video he's watching.
"It really freaks me out when you watch that while you're talking to me," whines Matt, just before he has to hang up. The American Pie-ish adolescent boy jokes run out of steam early, but, as Greenfield points out in his commentary, the film does have something else going on: Matthew is a completely good kid, only yearning to have the awesome experience he imagines his peers are having.
In fact, his observations go a long way toward making the film worth seeing again on DVD.
Accepted at Georgetown, 18-year-old Matthew (Emile Hirsch) idolizes JFK and worries he has nothing to "remember" about high school.
The morning after Matty's bad behavior (which leaves him in the motel parking lot, "un-fucked"), Kelly arrives to fetch "D" and scuttle her back to porn-land.
"Here's a boy," says Greenfield, "meeting The Man." Greenfield makes this point again and again: he's only 18!
Feeling "Under Pressure," as Bowie's song reminds you, protagonist Matthew (Emile Hirsch) is feeling that his high school career has been wasted, nothing but hard work and making deadlines. I went to school with a bunch of jackasses."Greenfield's commentary is consistently energetic and charming, as he proclaims his devotion to U2, and loves his actors (one being his mom: "Look at that! He also insists repeatedly that he wanted to make movie about a kid headed on a "wild ride," a mature movie and not a teen movie (this is made clear by the more explicit sex images in the unrated version, but thematically, it's also refreshingly complex).
The DVD includes a subtitle trivia track that complements his own observations, and, on the disc's flipside, several Hirsch and costar Elisha Cuthbert offering their own comments for selected scenes; "The Eli Experience," where Chris Marquette goes to the AVN Awards in character; a vague making-of featurette called "A Look Next Door"; some extra footage and outtakes, as well as 16 deleted and extended scenes, with Greenfield's commentary.
Danielle catches Matt looking, then invites him out for a drive in that cute Bug; she's new in town, and wants him to "show her around." She, of course, will show him a few things, in the car and a diner booth, including the observation that his most effective means to a memorable senior year will be "a girl." She seems the ideal candidate, both because and though she turns out to be a porn star, looking to "go straight." That is, for all the salaciousness that the film pretends, this good girl is really good: her steamiest moments are imagined by Matt, whose embarrassment at dating a porn star (he tells Eli that he wouldn't think of "fucking" her) is rivaled only by his giddy geek-boy interest.