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Here on Earth (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 24 March 2000 (USA)
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A rich college kid is taught a lesson after a joy ride ends up destroying a country restaurant.


Mark Piznarski
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Klein ... Kelley
Leelee Sobieski ... Samantha
Josh Hartnett ... Jasper
Michael Rooker ... Malcolm Arnold
Annie Corley ... Betsy Arnold
Bruce Greenwood ... Earl Cavanaugh
Annette O'Toole ... Jo Cavanaugh
Elaine Hendrix ... Jennifer Cavanaugh
Stuart Wilson ... John Morse
Ronni Saxon ... Robin Arnold
Maureen O'Malley Maureen O'Malley ... Patty
Tac Fitzgerald Tac Fitzgerald ... Pete
Jessica Stier ... Vanessa
Erik Eidem ... Charlie (as Erik Kristofer)
Zach Fehst Zach Fehst ... Steve


The lives of three young people - a rich student, a girl from the "wrong side of the tracks" and her boyfriend - unexpectedly intersect during one fateful summer in the romantic drama "Here on Earth." Kelley Morse (Chris Klein), who is cocky and brash, normally would never have crossed paths with the residents of a small town near his posh private school. But when he takes his shiny new Mercedes out for a drive, he locks horns with some of the locals, including Jasper (Josh Hartnett). As Jasper's willful girlfriend Samantha (Leelee Sobieski) looks on, Kelley and Jasper engage in a dangerous car race that turns disastrous, leaving a popular diner owned by Samantha's mother in ruins. Kelley and Jasper are sentenced to a creatively ironic but fitting punishment: They must help rebuild the diner. Not only does this ruin Kelley's summer plans, he also must board at the home of his rival, Jasper. Kelley begins to fulfill his "sentence," but refuses to have anything to do with Jasper and his... Written by Rebecca <xxbluestarxx@yahoo.com>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and thematic elements | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

24 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquí en la Tierra See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,510,705, 26 March 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,494,147, 21 May 2000
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie is mentioned in the song "Wonder (If She'll Get It)" by the band Superchick. See more »


When Kelley is getting out of the shower, you can see his shorts under the top of the towel See more »


Jasper: The one thing that I want right now is for you to get over your shit, so you can be with her.
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Referenced in Xchange (2001) See more »


Whatever Turns You On
Written by Gregg Alexander and Rick Nowels
Performed by Devin
Produced by Gregg Alexander
Devin appears courtesy of Track Masters/Columbia Records
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1000 monkeys on typewriters could write Hamlet...
16 October 2005 | by brlancerSee all my reviews

...but it only took one to write Here On Earth (2000).


This movie is horrible. North Korea could use this film to torture dissidents. The acting is rigid, the dialogue predictable, the plot unoriginal but still contrived... I wouldn't watch this again if someone paid me. I'd rather slam my skull against a brick wall than watch this again. I'd rather drown in a vat of bleach than watch this again. I'd rather watch Gigli or North or anything starring Chris Farley.

This movie should have been categorized "Horror". The only thing romantic about this film is the credits. I've seen more chemistry in a jug of water. Drama is calling out dialogue before the actors do, just to see how often I can get it right, except that drama requires conflict and I just kept getting the dialogue right.

I saw a trailer for this movie and was very intrigued. While none of the actors were "stars" at the time it was made, they're all very talented and I had high hopes this would be something unique and entertain that I would tell my friends to watch.

I'd get thrown in front of a train if I recommended this to any friends. If you can't find the DVD, check a furniture store. I think they're using them as shims on the short leg of a table. Hospitals are using it to teach amputees to run.

This isn't even something that makes a fun drinking game. It's just a BAD movie. The acting is especially awful when one considers how talented many of the players are. Writer Michael Seitzman also wrote North Country, a movie I'll now be avoiding like the plague.

I think "The Plague" was a working title for Here On Earth.

This is director Mark Piznarski's only feature film, his credits including television shows, TV movies, and the sixth director for a documentary about drying paint. I wonder how he can sleep at night.

No animals were harmed in the making of this film, but many reputations were.

2 out of 10: It's. Just. Bad. Please don't watch this.

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