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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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Chase MacKenzie Bebak ...
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.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 (1975) 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 »


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 »


[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 »


Written by Elayne Roberts and Florence Roberts
Performed by Marty Roberts (as Marty) and Elayne Roberts
Published by Elayne Roberts/Florence Roberts Publishing Designee
Courtesy of Enterprise Records
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Oh Come On, this one is great
1 July 2006 | by (Tula, Russia) – See all my reviews

I don't know what's happening with the votes on this movie. It IS really great. May be people just get offended by lots of nudity in this picture? Why to bother? It's VERY thought-provoking, extremely smart, funny and in a same way sad. I prefer it over Eternal Sunshine sometimes. Really great story about how hopeless we all are. A bit farce, a bit comedy, and great philosophical meaning. Why don't we live in forests? Why don't we try to be free? Why do we live in this world of steel and plastic? Just think about what questions do Kaufman movie rise.

Being John Malkovich .. is pretty shallow, not strong work. I still adore it, but it's worst Kaufmans work for me, though it's extremely original.

Adaptation brings out greatest thoughts about movie-making, about human relations, about creativity and Hollywood, about mainstream and real art. And the funny thing Adaptation even mocks about itself. Great script.

Eternal Sunshine is mainly about love, destiny and memories. Nothing else there. Though i have to admit it's a perfect script.

Human Nature is an anti-human, Greenpeace-pro movie... till the very end. It mocks humanity sometimes, but mostly talks about how self-important we are, how ungracious to the nature around us. But the end ... Well, wont write spoilers here.

This movie is a skeptical answer for all those hopeless romantics out there. And i think it's a great symbiotic relationship. Romance and skepticism.

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