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Human Nature (2001)

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A woman is in love with a man in love with another woman, and all three have designs on a young man raised as an ape.



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A philosophical burlesque, Human Nature follows the ups and downs of an obsessive scientist, a female naturalist, and the man they discover, born and raised in the wild. As scientist Nathan trains the wild man, Puff, in the ways of the world - starting with table manners - Nathan's lover Lila fights to preserve the man's simian past, which represents a freedom enviable to most. In the power struggle that ensues, an unusual love triangle emerges exposing the perversities of the human heart and the idiosyncrasies of the civilized mind. Human Nature is a comical examination of the trappings of desire in a world where both nature and culture are idealized. Written by Anonymous

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In the Interest of Civilization... Conform.


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$297,340 (USA) (12 April 2002)


$695,876 (USA) (3 May 2002)

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Hilary Duff's first feature film. See more »


When Dr. Bronfman (Tim Robbins) enters the woods with the pistol (a German Luger) there is the sound of the hammer of a revolver being cocked - but a Luger does not make a sound like that. See more »


[first lines]
Lila Jute: I'm *not* sorry.
Puff: I *am* sorry.
Nathan Bronfman: I don't even know what sorry means anymore.
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References A Fish Called Wanda (1988) See more »


Orpheus & Eurydike
Written by Christoph Willibald Gluck (as Christopher W. Gluck)
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Natural Black Comedy
12 September 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I loved this film. Everyone in it was sharp. It may be slow to build up in laughs, but I didn't mind one bit. The always great Arquette held it all in for me. Robbins was excellent, too. (as always- hey Tim, I want to see another directed feature from you!) Highly recommeded for fans of "intellectual" comedy. Some classic moments....

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