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Origin of the Species (1998)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 1998 (USA)
A weekend in a summer house, where six late twenties friends have reunited. A series of life crises force them to confront their relationships and lives, leading them to discover what it really means to grow up.

Director:

Andres Heinz (as Andrés Heinz)

Writers:

Rob Ackerman (as Robert Weston Ackerman), Rob Ackerman (play) (as Robert Weston Ackerman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elon Gold ... Paul
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Laura
Michael Kelly ... Fisher
Jonathan LaPaglia ... Stan
Amanda Peet ... Julia
Sybil Darrow ... Kate (as Sybil Temchen)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Ackerman Bobby Ackerman ... Cake Maker
Elizabeth Ackerman Elizabeth Ackerman ... Kid
Emme Ackerman Emme Ackerman ... Donut Girl
John Corba John Corba ... Kate's Temptor
Sam Deutsch Sam Deutsch ... Kid
Brendan Doyle Brendan Doyle ... Kate's Temptor
Jesse Garfinkel Jesse Garfinkel ... Kid
Arthur E. Marcolin Arthur E. Marcolin ... Kate's Temptor (as Arthur Marcolin)
Elizabeth Sederbaum Elizabeth Sederbaum ... Kid
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Paul is the gravitational pull on his college friends who have somehow stayed in his orbit for nearly a decade, meeting every summer for a weekend at his mother's house in upstate New York. This year, Paul makes a desperate attempt to keep everyone together. His friends don't cooperate. And everything reminds them of how far they have, in fact, not come. ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES starts as a parable of human evolution and develops as a lighthearted drama. Paul has prepared menus and conversation topics circling the question of how a species evolves. Sex is the catalyst, but sex is only the beginning. Paul's wife, Julia, is ambivalent about being pregnant and has not yet told him about the pregnancy. When she finally does, Paul seems completely out of touch with her emotions, jeopardizing the future of their relationship. Stan has recently survived testicular cancer, but he's far from feeling alive. Kate, Stan's ex-girlfriend, abandoned him during his illness. Now Kate discovers that her ... Written by Robert Ackerman

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, some drug use and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Friends Forever See more »

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Nickoll Arcade Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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I'm A Fool (And That's Okay)
Written by Chris Trapper
Performed by The Push Stars
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these are evolved specimens?
13 November 2001 | by petershelleyauSee all my reviews

Filmed in and around a Westchester County summer house, this is the annual re-union of 6 friends in their late 20's. Based on screenwriter Weston Ackerman's own play, the film adaptation directed by Andres Heinz pads out the dialogue with those generic toneless dirges on the soundtrack, credited to Joel Goodman, that pass for contemporary "reflective" pop music. Maybe on stage this unpunctuated talk had some acumulative sense, but here it only demonstrates how selfish and shallow these people are. Being 20somethings, we get de rigueur drug and alcohol abuse, swearing, sex, skinny dipping, secret crushes and jealousies. The title is explained by the idea that the secret of Darwin's theory of evolution is sex, since survival of the fittest requires reproduction. It's easy to see how this relates to one person being pregnant but no easy to another who has testicular cancer. Heinz adds some sex fantasies, a gothic baby nightmare, and one intercut between an infidelity and the deceived partner cooking. Ackerman only produces one laugh line in "That was the beer talking". None of the 6 leads display any great charisma or acting, though I was grateful we were spared the site of Jonathan LaPlagia's over-gymed body.


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