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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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Narrator (voice)
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The Male (Billy)
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The Female (Jenny Smith)
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The Male's Friend (Jimmy)
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The Female's Slutty Friend (Lana)
Sharon Wyatt ...
The Male's Mother
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The Male's Father
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The Female's Father
Antonette Saftler ...
The Female's Mother
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The Female's Ex-Boyfriend
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The Female's Boss
Eric Kushnick ...
The Female's Brother
Linda Porter ...
The Wise Old Woman
Tyler Abugov ...
The Female's Fantasy Son
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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 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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Rated R for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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3 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A földlakók nemi élete  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

When the male is getting to meet the female for the first time, the male wears the sweater then a leather jacket (confirmed by the narrator). Then in the next shot where the male is looking into the mirror there is only the sweater and no leather jacket. See more »

Quotes

The Male: She always had this mother smell. You know, chicken soup and... floor wax.
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Filmed entirely on location on Earth. See more »

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References Swingers (1996) See more »

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Words and Music by Michael Bramon
Produced and Performed by Michael Bramon and the Groove Fanatics
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A very funny, witty, and remarkably accurate film.
30 January 2001 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

What an original concept! I am not aware of any other film in this style and if there were they would have to be something special.

This film is positively brilliant. The basic concept of an alien perspective on human mating habits as being some primitive tribal act is ingenius - because it's true. Remove the elements of modern custom and an act which hasn't changed in over 50,000 years (I'm guessing this number) is all that remains. Simple.

The true charm of this film is in the way the (alien) narrator interprets each phase of the mating ritual. The leads where interesting(rather impressed with Carmen for two reasons - the one just mentioned and the other, well, that's rather obvious) and the other supporting cast were right on the money.

The only part of the film I couldn't determine relevance was the male lead driving past the running track and seeing the 'sperm men'. I have a few ideas on this one but none that really make much sense.

Who cares. A top film nonetheless.


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