The Guys Next Door


Somerville Theatre - Screen 1 Sun, May 1, 2016 2:15 PM
Film Info
Runtime:74 minutes
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
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Cast/Crew Info
Director:Allie Humenuk & Amy Geller
Additional Info


Expected to be in attendance: Directors Allie Humenuk & Amy Geller, Producer Aimee Arvan, and Editor Rachel Clark

Who, among us, can say that we come from a “normal” family? Still, some people’s families are more unique than others. THE GUYS NEXT DOOR follows Erik and Sandro, a gay couple with two daughters birthed by their close friend Rachel, who already has three biological teenagers with her husband Tony.

Rachel and Tony, a seemingly traditional married couple, live in the suburbs of Massachusetts with their children. Inspired by a TV program about the difficulties and costs associated with gay couples having children, Rachel, age 41, volunteers to be a surrogate––not once, but twice within two years––for Erik, her good friend from college, and his husband Sandro, an Italian immigrant. Spanning more than three years, the film explores the struggles and possibilities that arise from the creation of this family. What factors influence whom we will become? How does parenthood challenge how we see ourselves? Can we control what we pass on to our children?

It is precisely these questions that make this exceptional family like any other family. Told with candor and humor, this inspiring story of family and friendship shines a light on the humanity that connects us all.

Want to know more about THE GUYS NEXT DOOR? Go behind the scenes with an in-depth discussion with the film's directors and editor in a panel held at 12:30, before the screening. More info.

Additional Information

Screening Supported by
Boston Jewish Film Festival