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The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999)

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An anthropologist from an alien planet provides voice-over commentary for a documentary look at human courtship, mating, and reproduction: "complex, perverse, tragically beautiful: the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
The Male (Billy)
The Female (Jenny Smith)
The Male's Friend (Jimmy)
The Female's Slutty Friend (Lana)
Sharon Wyatt ...
The Male's Mother
The Male's Father
The Female's Father
Antonette Saftler ...
The Female's Mother
The Female's Ex-Boyfriend
The Female's Boss
Eric Kushnick ...
The Female's Brother
Linda Porter ...
The Wise Old Woman
Tyler Abugov ...
The Female's Fantasy Son


An anthropologist from an alien planet provides voice-over commentary for a documentary look at human courtship, mating, and reproduction: "complex, perverse, tragically beautiful: the earthbound human." The commentary gets some of the details comically wrong (explaining the slap on a newborn's back: "they don't like the looks of the child so they beat it"), but gets right the overall idea. We follow Billy and Jenny from their meeting at a club, initial misunderstandings, his losing her phone number, finally connecting, walks on the beach, soulful talks, meeting each other's parents, friends' advice, and the gradual taking of the relationship to new levels. Written by <>

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A földlakók nemi élete  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jeff Abugov got his inspiration for the film after watching a nature documentary on the mating habits of animals. See more »


When we first see the newborn, there is no umbilical cord. A few shots later, the doctors cut the umbilical cord. See more »


Narrator: [the female is dancing at a club] To prepare for mating, she sways her hips and flails her behind in an attempt to dislodge her egg from her uterus.
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Crazy Credits

No humans were harmed during the making of this motion picture. See more »


References Le Samouraï (1967) See more »


Distant World
Words and Music by Michael Bramon
Produced and Performed by Michael Bramon and the Groove Fanatics
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haha - so funny!!
5 April 2001 | by (Brasov, Romania) – See all my reviews

This is a really funny movie and i'm sorry it didn't have the promoting campaign that other worse comedies have. I have seen it on HBO and liked it. Yes, it is stupid; yes, it is full of cliches; yes, it is predictable... but none of these things managed to erase the great fun in this film. A guy and a girl are observed by an alien scientist. All the stages of a relationship, from the meeting point until the first baby is conceived, through the eyes and with the comments of an extraterestrial. As if they were the humans and they were making a documentary for Discovery Channels, and we are just an inferior species.

Fun is released from every line of the voice over. You will laugh a lot, and after all that's all that matters.

Vote: 7 out of 10.

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