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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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Paul
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Laura
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Fisher
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Stan
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Julia
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Kate (as Sybil Temchen)
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Cake Maker
Elizabeth Ackerman ...
Kid
Emme Ackerman ...
Donut Girl
John Corba ...
Kate's Temptor
Sam Deutsch ...
Kid
Brendan Doyle ...
Kate's Temptor
Jesse Garfinkel ...
Kid
Arthur E. Marcolin ...
Kate's Temptor (as Arthur Marcolin)
Elizabeth Sederbaum ...
Kid
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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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Wonderful movie!
14 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Origin is about six very real people in their late twenties who are spinning their wheels and not really getting anywhere in their lives. I felt like I knew them --like they all could have been friends. This is a film for anyone who has ever felt too young--or too old--or both. And I would wholeheartedly recommend it. It also really makes you feel the joy of summertime--and of downtime--and since it's the middle of a year at college in my real life, I appreciated that too. Origin is the kind of film that leaves you thinking about who your friends are, and how they became your friends, and whether you'll be able to--and want to--stay close forever.


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