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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.

Director:

Michel Gondry

Writer:

Charlie Kaufman
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Arquette ... Lila Jute
Rhys Ifans ... Puff
Tim Robbins ... Dr. Nathan Bronfman
Ken Magee Ken Magee ... Police Detective
Sy Richardson ... Police Detective
David Warshofsky ... Police Detective
Hilary Duff ... Young Lila Jute
Stanley DeSantis ... Doctor (as Stanley Desantis)
Peter Dinklage ... Frank
Toby Huss ... Puff's Father
Bobby Harwell Bobby Harwell ... Congressman
Daryl Anderson ... Congressman
Bobby Pyle Bobby Pyle ... Young Puff
Chase MacKenzie Bebak Chase MacKenzie Bebak ... Young Nathan (as Chase Bebak)
Mary Kay Place ... Nathan's Mother
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

12 September 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Human Nature See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$297,340, 14 April 2002

Gross USA:

$705,308

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,574,660
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hilary Duff's (young Lila) first feature film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #3.8 (2004) See more »

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Orpheus & Eurydike
(1762)
Written by Christoph Willibald Gluck (as Christopher W. Gluck)
Published by Sonia/APM
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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it's nice to see a movie that raises philosophical questions
13 April 2002 | by Eli-18See all my reviews

'Human Nature' will inevitably be reviewed in comparison to 'Being John Malkovich', and the comments will be along the lines of 'less coherent', 'not likely to be as commercially successful', etc. But should these be reasons to NOT see this movie? Only if you want to miss the most intelligent movie to come out since BJM. Forget 'A Beautiful Mind', which gives the appearance of intelligence by flaunting pseudo-guru math, but was just another sappy tale of 'the triumph of the human spirit'.

What makes 'Human Nature' and BJM a cut above the usual cinema drivel, is that they actually attempt to get into some serious philosophical issues. BJM delves into personal identity, while 'Human Nature' digs even deeper into the realm of our underlying... human nature. What makes human nature any better than animal nature? civilization? language? manners? And do these distinctly human features actually make us better, or just different, or different in a bad way... i.e. by making us lead dual lives, tearing our originally united being into inharmonious halves (subjective/objective)? And can we simply unite our duplicitousness by forgetting language, civilization, and manners... by returning to nature? Or, with a philosopher who gets an intensional nod in 'Human Nature', Wittgenstein, are we stuck in language, forever banished from the garden of eden?

This movie raised all of these questions, and more, for me... which is what I expect out of a good movie: not only does it entertain us, but it invites us to join in the entertaining. By posing these questions, it challenges us to answer them, and to ask our own questions of it... which means that we have to see it again in order for it to continue the dialogue. Now that's what I call interactive movie-going. Philosophy has started some great stuff in history: religion, government, science. So I think that's its not asking too much for movies to engage in philosophical debates and trying to include the audience, rather than thinking of the audience as fodder for the box office.


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