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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 Lila Jute
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Doctor (as Stanley Desantis)
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Frank
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Puff's Father
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Chase MacKenzie Bebak ...
Young Nathan (as Chase Bebak)
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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.

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Opening Weekend USA:

$297,340, 14 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$695,876, 5 May 2002
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Hilary Duff's (young Lila) first feature film. See more »

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Puff was raised by a madman who never taught him basic language skills or anything about human life. So how does he know the story of being stolen from his mother's apartment? See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.170 (2012) See more »

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Push My Little Car
Written and Performed by Michel Gondry and Lisa Crook
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Puts the id into idiocy
24 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

A modern screwball comedy that takes in everything from My Fair Lady to Greystoke whilst nodding askance at the corporeal British humour of Benny Hill. It can be a bit patchy and hangs together by virtue of a good cast. Rhys Ifans, reasonably fresh from doing a similarly oafish turn in Notting Hill plays a Tarzan-Adam opposite Patricia Arquette pushed into being an Eve-wannabe by virtue of excessive and socially proscriptive bodyhair. Both are game for taking their clothes off a great deal and in the most unflattering circumstances. Binding them together is a well-judged Tim Robbins. The relationships between the three are scrambled by a fourth, an urbane, conniving lab assistant to Robbins played by Miranda Otto with a 'faked' French accent (that knocks the socks off whatever Rhys Ifans is attempting). The argument for and against civilisation is played out in the sub plots like a complicated Mexican stand-off and the end is a good example of survival of the fittest. Harmless but misses its target. 4/10


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