Human Nature (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  12 April 2002 (USA)
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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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Young Nathan (as Chase Bebak)


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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12 April 2002 (USA)  »

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Steven Soderbergh was first interested in directing Charlie Kaufman's script back in late 1996, when Kaufman was still trying to get Being John Malkovich (1999) produced. Soderbergh's considerations for casting were for David Hyde Pierce in the role of Nathan Bronfman, Chris Kattan in the role of Puff (likely due to his character Mr. Peepers on Saturday Night Live at the time), and Marisa Tomei in the role of Lila Jute. He was about to go into pre-production when he was offered Out of Sight (1998) and after much deliberation he left the project. 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 To Sir, with Love (1967) See more »


El Internado
Written by Francisco Canaro
Performed by The Sexteto Mayor Orchestra
Published by BMG Songs, Inc. o/b/o BMG Relay Editiones Musicales
Courtesy of Angel Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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Charlie Kaufman does it again!
15 April 2002 | by (L A.) – See all my reviews

As he managed to do in Being John Malkovich, brilliant writer Kaufman succeeds in creating a completely believable alternative reality, which he employs as a metaphor that pokes seemingly light (and therefore lethally subversive) fun at 'society' - what it means to be civilized, what it means to be free, how people judge each other based on ridiculously superficial differences of appearance, etc, etc. It works, because Kaufman IS so brilliant, and I left the theatre with the same feeling I had gotten from Being John Malkovich - inspired and gratified that someone like this not only exists in the world but actually gets to put his completely unique and uncompromising visions on the screen.

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