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The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999)

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
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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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Aspect Ratio:

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 »


In the park, Jenny is wearing high heeled shoes. in the next shot, as they are racing to the water fountain, she is running in blue and white canvas "deck shoes". See more »


The Female's Slutty Friend: Jen, it's been like five days already.
The Female: He's just playing it cool.
The Female's Slutty Friend: Cool? The man is a fucking accountant.
The Female's Friend: Could you show a little sensitivity? She liked the guy.
The Female's Slutty Friend: I just called him a fucking accountant. I didn't say he wasn't cute.
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Crazy Credits

Helicopter Did you see any helicopter scenes? See more »


Spoofs Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »


Words and Music by Michael Bramon
Produced and Performed by Michael Bramon and the Groove Fanatics
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A funny, entertaining satire of the old nature shows.
11 July 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I recently watched this film during the wee hours in the morning off TV and found it an excellent excuse not to go to bed. The film used the format of a '50s nature show to spoof the modern day relationship. It is not the most sophisticated film ever, but I think it makes its point. David Hyde Pierce is quite effective as the alien narrator, using his frank, matter-of-fact tone that is similar to that of his character on Frasier. The basic and almost elemental terms/phrases he uses to describe everyday items makes me think not only about what we, as humans, get wrong when we observe other animals, but also about the truly absurd things we do/own. It is true that the acting of those on-screen is not up to "awards" standards, Mackenzie Astin and Carmen Electra fill their stereotypical roles well. Don't go into watch this movie expecting everything, because you won't get it. But if you're looking for a little bit of fun to waste some time, give it a try. I give this film a rating of 3/5.

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