6.4/10
15,503
75 user 86 critic

Human Nature (2001)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 12 April 2002 (USA)
Trailer
2:13 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Writer:

2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman.

Director: George Clooney
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.

Director: Charlie Kaufman
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams
Adaptation. (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Director: Spike Jonze
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.

Director: Michel Gondry
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars.

Director: Michel Gondry
Stars: Jack Black, Yasiin Bey, Danny Glover
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze
Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener
Anomalisa (2015)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

Directors: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman
Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A look at the lives of a group of teenagers who ride the same bus route, and how their relationships change and evolve on the last day of school.

Director: Michel Gondry
Stars: Michael Brodie, Teresa Lynn, Raymond Delgado
Mood Indigo (2013)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Wealthy, inventive bachelor Colin endeavors to find a cure for his lover Chloe after she's diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.

Director: Michel Gondry
Stars: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh
Pecan Pie (Video 2003)
Short | Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A man in his pajamas drives in a bed that moves like a car, while singing Elvis Presley's "Pecan Pie".

Director: Michel Gondry
Stars: Jim Carrey, Eric Judor, Ramzy Bedia
How and Why (TV Movie 2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

After his children's science show is canceled, Goodman Hesselman tries to start over with a new show in a little TV market - also a portal to the supernatural world.

Director: Charlie Kaufman
Stars: Michael Cera, Catherine Keener, John Hawkes
Comedy | Musical

A satire of Hollywood set to music, where a film director feuds with a blogger.

Director: Charlie Kaufman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Ken Magee ...
Police Detective
...
Police Detective
...
Police Detective
...
...
Doctor (as Stanley Desantis)
...
Frank
...
Bobby Harwell ...
Congressman
...
Congressman
Bobby Pyle ...
Chase MacKenzie Bebak ...
Young Nathan (as Chase Bebak)
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In the Interest of Civilization... Conform.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Human Nature  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$695,876 (USA) (3 May 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The studio originally wanted Spike Jonze to direct the film because of the success of Being John Malkovich (1999). He considered it, but opted to produce, and suggested Michel Gondry, instead. See more »

Goofs

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.
See more »

Connections

Spoofs Peter Pan (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Hair Everywhere
(2001)
Music and Orchestrations by Jean-Michel Bernard
Lyrics by Charlie Kaufman
Performed by Patricia Arquette
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
it's nice to see a movie that raises philosophical questions
13 April 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

'Human Nature' will inevitably be reviewed in comparison to 'Being John Malkovich', and the comments will be along the lines of 'less coherent', 'not likely to be as commercially successful', etc. But should these be reasons to NOT see this movie? Only if you want to miss the most intelligent movie to come out since BJM. Forget 'A Beautiful Mind', which gives the appearance of intelligence by flaunting pseudo-guru math, but was just another sappy tale of 'the triumph of the human spirit'.

What makes 'Human Nature' and BJM a cut above the usual cinema drivel, is that they actually attempt to get into some serious philosophical issues. BJM delves into personal identity, while 'Human Nature' digs even deeper into the realm of our underlying... human nature. What makes human nature any better than animal nature? civilization? language? manners? And do these distinctly human features actually make us better, or just different, or different in a bad way... i.e. by making us lead dual lives, tearing our originally united being into inharmonious halves (subjective/objective)? And can we simply unite our duplicitousness by forgetting language, civilization, and manners... by returning to nature? Or, with a philosopher who gets an intensional nod in 'Human Nature', Wittgenstein, are we stuck in language, forever banished from the garden of eden?

This movie raised all of these questions, and more, for me... which is what I expect out of a good movie: not only does it entertain us, but it invites us to join in the entertaining. By posing these questions, it challenges us to answer them, and to ask our own questions of it... which means that we have to see it again in order for it to continue the dialogue. Now that's what I call interactive movie-going. Philosophy has started some great stuff in history: religion, government, science. So I think that's its not asking too much for movies to engage in philosophical debates and trying to include the audience, rather than thinking of the audience as fodder for the box office.


30 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is Human Nature's Nudity Really Bad? HilDuffFan
Harshly rated McLANGwich
How is Hilary duff in the movie? skinnyguinea
WHY is 'Gabrielle' pretending to be French???!!! bakert
I`ve never seen it. My mom won`t let me either. stephanie_s19
Anyone else think this part was absolutely hilarious???? thecrippler_69
Discuss Human Nature (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?