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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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Storyline

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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Production Co:

Nickoll Arcade Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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I'd Give Anything
Written by Phillip Lammonds
Performed by Blue Dogs
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This is a great movie!!!!
10 April 2005 | by TobyMSee all my reviews

like many people, i'm a huge Amanda Peet fan so i ordered this DVD from Amazon...what a great little film!

it's a fresh, funny movie about young people getting together for a long weekend full of relationships, romance and skinny dipping...if you liked your parent's VHS copy of The Big Chill, you'll love it!

Amanda Peet is great...as is Elon Gold, who is in the new Pamela Anderson sitcom "Stacked" and the girl from "Yes, Dear" is her usual adorable self

this movie is such a refreshing find, i can't believe more video stores aren't stocking it...but maybe it's just my local Blockbuster that's behind the times

anyway, if you like comedy, great writing, great acting and the bushy-browed beauty known as Amanda Peet, you will love "Origin of the Species"


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