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The Human Contract -- As a multi-million dollar deal hangs in the balance, businessman Julian Wright becomes entangled with a seductive stranger who encourages him to live his life with reckless passion.
The Human Contract -- Business and pleasure mix for dangerous results in this erotic thriller


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Writer (WGA):
Jada Pinkett Smith (written by)
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18 March 2010 (Israel) See more »
A successful corporate type harboring a deep, dark secret befriends a free-spirited stranger who encourages him to ditch his stuffy lifestyle and live life in reckless abandon. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jason Clarke ... Julian Wright

Paz Vega ... Michael

Idris Elba ... Larry

T.J. Thyne ... Greg

Joanna Cassidy ... Rose

Steven Brand ... Boyd

Jada Pinkett Smith ... Rita

Ted Danson ... E.J Winters

Anne Ramsay ... Cheryl

Tava Smiley ... Brenda

Karl Makinen ... Tony

William Abadie ... Joseph
Daniel Escobar ... Seth

Nicole Muirbrook ... Thalia (as Nicole Muirbrook Wagner)

Kenneth Dolin ... Mr. Stealth

Ray Laska ... Mr. Klein

Titus Welliver ... Mr. Praylis

Caleeb Pinkett ... Ricky the Bartender

Cody Benjamin Lee ... Daniel

Brody Nicholas Lee ... Derrick

Tessa Thompson ... Waitress
Nina Barry ... Rachel
Brett Lee Alexander ... Young Julian

Bruce Mathews ... Mugging Victim

Mustafa Harris ... Prison guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kathryne Isabelle Easton ... Museum Docent
Stephen Unger ... Artist Background

Tiffany Adams ... Waitress (uncredited)
Alexia Aleman ... Lynn (uncredited)
Ashley Ausburn ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Ken Edling ... Upscale Guest (uncredited)
Paul Karami ... Karami (uncredited)

Caitlin Kazepis ... Voice of Young Julian (uncredited)
Deborah Ouellette ... Art Critic (uncredited)
Michael Ouellette ... Art Critic (uncredited)
Jobeth Wagner ... Emo (uncredited)

Directed by
Jada Pinkett Smith 
Writing credits
Jada Pinkett Smith (written by)

Produced by
David Dinenberg .... executive producer
David Grasso .... executive producer
Mike Jackson .... producer
David Koplan .... executive producer
James Lassiter .... executive producer
Miguel Melendez .... producer
Carol Ann Shine .... consulting producer
Will Smith .... executive producer
Dawn Thomas .... producer
Original Music by
The Graves Brothers 
Anthony Marinelli 
Cinematography by
Darren Genet 
Film Editing by
Michael Trent 
Casting by
Matthew Barry 
Nancy Green-Keyes 
Production Design by
Carlos Barbosa 
Set Decoration by
Joanne Baker 
Costume Design by
Rhona Meyers 
Makeup Department
Monica Di Venti .... hair stylist
David Fields .... hair department head
Laura Leppanen .... key makeup artist
Araxi Lindsey .... key hair stylist
Rhonda O'Neal .... hair stylist
Sian Richards .... makeup department head
Production Management
Matthew F. Leonetti Jr. .... unit production manager
John Portnoy .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Keri Bruno .... second second assistant director
Giselle Gurza .... second assistant director
Michael J. Moore .... first assistant director
Marvin Williams .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Bill Benavides .... set dresser
David Benavides .... set dresser
James Diggs .... lead painter
R. Scott Doran .... leadman
Ruby Flores .... storyboard artist
Jeffery Goyer .... construction coordinator
Meg Harker .... art department coordinator
Thomas D. Krausz .... set dresser
Dick Kyker .... property master
David Lake .... set dresser
Geoffrey Mandel .... graphic designer
Caty Maxey .... art director: set
Marc Meisels .... set dresser
Randy Molique .... on-set dresser
Jason Moore .... set dresser
Paul Pastorelli .... gang boss
Natalie Richards .... set designer
F. Andrew Scott .... paint gang boss
Brady Stallings .... property master
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... foley editor
Michael Baird .... supervising sound designer
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer
Robert Dehn .... assistant sound editor
Paul J. Diller .... sound effects editor
Levent Erdogan .... foley editor
Brent Findley .... sound effects editor
Allie Fitz .... sound editor
Judah Getz .... adr mixer
Judah Getz .... foley mixer
Michael Gilday .... utility sound
Richard Kitting .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Gus Koven .... sound effects editor
Zach Michaelis .... foley mixer
Sterling Moore .... boom operator
John Reese .... sound editor
Buck Robinson .... sound mixer
Mark Server .... adr editor
Mark Server .... dialogue editor
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Josh Hakian .... special effects coordinator
Brian Hillard .... special effects makeup: Tinsley Transfers
Katie Eischen .... stunt double: Paz Vega
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Erik Bernstein .... best boy electric
Josh Blakeslee .... first assistant camera
Jason Blount .... Steadicam operator
Adam Camacho .... key grip
Craig Cooper .... dolly grip
Chris Cotterman .... grip
Dennis Geraghty .... film loader
Joe Hill .... grip
Leo Ibanez .... grip
April Kelley .... second assistant camera
Peter Lee .... additional first assistant camera
Mark Meyers .... additional camera operator
Jay Pope .... key rigging grip
Dan Preiser .... grip
Jim Sheldon .... still photographer
John Skotchdopole .... camera operator
Sean Smith .... lighting technician
Maxwell Thorpe .... grip
Casting Department
Maryellen Aviano .... casting coordinator
Judy Cook .... casting assistant
Carla Lewis .... extras casting
Georgia Simon .... adr voice casting
David Zahedian .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shannon Campbell .... set costumer
Sommer Terry .... wardrobe production assistant
Editorial Department
Regan Copeland .... digital intermediate editor
John Daro .... digital intermediate colorist
Joan Malloch .... post-production coordinator
Tamara Meem .... assistant editor
John Nicolard .... digital intermediate supervisor
Bill Schultz .... digital intermediate executive
Location Management
Ronald Antwine .... assistant location manager
Karen E. Gilbert .... key assistant location manager
Cary Heckman .... assistant location manager
John A. Johnston .... location manager
Music Department
Clint Bennett .... score mixer
Clint Bennett .... score producer
Clint Bennett .... score recordist
Beau Bonetti .... assistant music engineer
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Jan Holzner .... score recordist
Anthony Marinelli .... score producer
Alice Wood .... music editor
James Fitzpatrick .... music contractor (uncredited)
Other crew
Philip Banks .... additional production assistant
John Bocchicchio .... set medic
David Buehrle .... assistant: director
Scott Bussell .... publicist
Juaquin Cambron .... assistant production coordinator
Jason Carro .... production assistant
Caryn Cheever .... production accountant
Alison Cohen .... production counsel (as Alison S. Cohen)
Darrell Foster .... trainer: Jason Clarke
Stephanie Fugleberg .... additional production assistant
Maite Garcia .... stand-in: Paz Vega
Tahj Gautier .... producer in training
Gary Glushon .... assistant: Mr. Lassiter
Zak Grausam .... first assistant accountant
Mustafa Harris .... production assistant
Chuck Hayward .... script coordinator
Frederick Keeve .... photo double: male lead
Tomoko Konami .... assistant: Ms. Thomas
James Lemus .... craft service
Gabriella Ludlow .... production legal
Jean-Marc Madelon .... payroll
Liliana M. Molina .... script supervisor
Roy Murphy III .... assistant: Ms. Thomas
Brian Nailing .... cook
Rob Pellecchia .... production counsel
Michael Saunders .... production assistant
Chris Sergi .... production coordinator: reshoots
Desmond Smith .... production assistant
Hilda Somarriba .... publicist
Mitch Spacone .... system support: FotoKem
Dawn Terashima .... production assistant
Gary Trentham .... production coordinator
Dmitri Vigneswaren .... production secretary
Anna Wenger .... production coordinator
Victor Winters-Junco .... production assistant
Maxine Brooks .... studio teacher (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and violence
103 min

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In the cemetery scene there is a grave marker with the name Makaveli and the dates 1971-1996 on it. This is a tribute to Director/Writer Jada Pinkett Smith's close friend and rapper/actor Tupac Shakur whom she knew since they were young adults.See more »
Miscellaneous: When Michael and Julian are talking about Christmas, Michaels position changes with each camera angle. She is laying on her back when the camera is on Julian. She's on her side when the camera is on her.See more »
Julian Wright:I have never believed I deserve to be loved. But now I see that everything I've ever wanted has always been right in front of me. I've been the only thing standing in my way. But no more. No more.See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Confining and confident, 27 October 2011
Author: p-stepien from United Kingdom

Julian Wright (Jason Clarke) is a successful, if overworked, marketing specialist, who is unable to cope with several events from his past. Emotionally distanced he lost his wife to his friend and is currently contemplating signing the divorce papers. With his love life in tatters he focuses entirely on his job with a big pay rise and new office on the horizon. That is until he meets Michael (Paz Vega), a sexually charged immigrant with an overdose of charm and chaos (like Amelia on crack). Almost an erotic thriller, much in the vein of "9 and 1/2 Weeks", although with the slight twist that Paz takes on the role of Mickey Rourke.

I seldom tend to gift a movie more than it's general rating on IMDb, but I for one am completely sold by a very witty, well developed script with fairly deep underlying psychological commentary. I do understand some of the issues with the movie. First of them would be the main characters. Both Julian and Michael (however much eye-candy she may be) are severely unlikeable leads, but given that both have deep emotional issues I find their dysfunctionality rather appealing and warranted. This may cause a lot of negativity towards the movie due to the inability to form a connection between the viewer and the characters, but once you gloss over this and delve into the story it can be quite rewarding. The relationship between Michael and his family, friends as well as Paz is thoroughly believable, even if we fail to grow warm to them.

"The Human Contract" probably should have also had more focus around the main issue of contention: Michael. The addition of the family context was well warranted, if unevenly scripted, especially in the final act, where the movie does unforgivably falter and the resolution is appallingly done (acted, scripted and directed). Almost as if Jada Pinkett Smith had no idea how to finish the movie off nicely and concocted up a poor filler in which neither she not any of her crew had any faith in. Hence the unfitting hack-job to cap off some really inspirational filmmaking. Also some of the characters and situations seem superfluous and detrimental. In regards to this one big irk is the lack of resolution to Julian's marketing contract, which seems like a key part of the movie, but fails to be closed (it suddenly and inexcusably drops out of the story) by the end credits.

Nonetheless the dialogue is crisp and cerebral, while the direction is assured. All in all some very important elements for great filmmaking, but just needs to work a bit on some of the rough spots in the movie.

For those interested the movie does offer some great erotic scenes with real tension and memorable build-up - something that I haven't seen in cinema for quite some time.

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