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Human Nature (2001)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 12 April 2002 (USA)
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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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Taglines:

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 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$297,340, 14 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$695,876, 5 May 2002
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the scenes in the forest are allusions to or recreations of scenes in the Björk music video "Human Behavior", also directed by Michel Gondry. 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

References Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

El Internado
(1915)
Written by Francisco Canaro
Performed by Sexteto Mayor
Published by BMG Songs, Inc. o/b/o BMG Relay Editiones Musicales
Courtesy of Angel Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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beauty is desire is suffering is beauty
24 August 2004 | by PIST-OFFSee all my reviews

This may be one of the most undereatimated movies on the imdb. Trumped only by it's more popular cousin Adaptation, this movie in the best that film language has to offer express all the joy, sorrow, misery, agony, torment, ennui, sillyness, and boozy lust of being a biologacal creature in a social super structure. I love this movie. I love how it translates the dry language psychological philosophy into an entertaining movie that is both emotional heavy and light heartedly funny. Rhys Ifans is absolutely wonderful in his portayal of the apotheosis of the destructive nature of language on human emotion. As with adaptation I just can't say enough about this movie. They seem so intelligent and full of joy that Charlie Kaufman is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers in hollywood along with Linklater and Tarantino.

10 out of 10 i'm drunk


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