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Origin of the Species (1998)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 1998 (USA)
A weekend in a summer house, where six late twenties friends have reunited. A series of life crises force them to confront their relationships and lives, leading them to discover what it really means to grow up.

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(as Andrés Heinz)

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(as Robert Weston Ackerman), (play) (as Robert Weston Ackerman)
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Laura
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Fisher
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Kate's Temptor
Jesse Garfinkel ...
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Elizabeth Sederbaum ...
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Paul is the gravitational pull on his college friends who have somehow stayed in his orbit for nearly a decade, meeting every summer for a weekend at his mother's house in upstate New York. This year, Paul makes a desperate attempt to keep everyone together. His friends don't cooperate. And everything reminds them of how far they have, in fact, not come. ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES starts as a parable of human evolution and develops as a lighthearted drama. Paul has prepared menus and conversation topics circling the question of how a species evolves. Sex is the catalyst, but sex is only the beginning. Paul's wife, Julia, is ambivalent about being pregnant and has not yet told him about the pregnancy. When she finally does, Paul seems completely out of touch with her emotions, jeopardizing the future of their relationship. Stan has recently survived testicular cancer, but he's far from feeling alive. Kate, Stan's ex-girlfriend, abandoned him during his illness. Now Kate discovers that her ... Written by Robert Ackerman

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Rated R for sexual content, some drug use and language | See all certifications »
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Correction
21 August 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Actually, my review below makes more sense if the original pseudo word "heaviosity" isn't spell-checked and turned into "heavyset" :). It's a word that Woody Allen coined in one of his movies (I forget which) to denote excessive gravity and self-importance. What I intended to emphasize is that "Origin of the Species" isn't a somber movie by any means, even though it does contain some serious themes. It's summery, easy to watch, even fun--and the beautiful cinematography is like a love letter to suburban New York state. The movie manages to convey character conflict and growth without turning the whole process into a slog. This is a harder feat than it may look. Highly recommended!


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