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The Human Contract (2008)

R | | Drama | 18 March 2010 (Israel)
A successful corporate type harboring a deep, dark secret befriends a free-spirited stranger who encourages him to ditch his stuffy lifestyle and live life in reckless abandon.

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Jada Pinkett Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Clarke ... Julian Wright
Paz Vega ... Michael
Idris Elba ... Larry
T.J. Thyne ... Greg
Joanna Cassidy ... Rose
Steven Brand ... Boyd
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Rita
Ted Danson ... E.J Winters
Anne Ramsay ... Cheryl
Tava Smiley ... Brenda
Karl Makinen ... Tony
William Abadie ... Joseph
Daniel Escobar Daniel Escobar ... Seth
Nicole Muirbrook ... Thalia (as Nicole Muirbrook Wagner)
Kenneth Dolin ... Mr. Stealth
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Storyline

Locked doors, and the monster inside us. In L.A., tightly-wound Julian Wright is separated. He meets Michael, she's seductive and uninhibited; by chance, a few days later they connect. The PR firm where he's creative director is competing to be bought by a household name (think Proctor & Gamble); winning will bring money, status, and a big ad budget. His firm's win depends on both his ideas and his maintaining traditional values; so, he puts his divorce on hold. His family adds problems: childhood memories and his sister's abusive husband threaten his balance. His fuse is short. Will self control hold obsession and fury in check, or is Michael the spark that will start a conflagration? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 March 2010 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo la piel See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the cemetery scene there is a grave marker with the name Makaveli and the dates 1971-1996 on it. This is a tribute to Director/Writer Jada Pinkett Smith's close friend and rapper/actor Tupac Shakur whom she knew since they were young adults. See more »

Goofs

When Michael and Julian are talking about Christmas, Michael changes position with the two different camera angles. One camera she's on her back while the other camera she's on her side with her hand under her chin. See more »

Quotes

Julian Wright: I have never believed I deserve to be loved. But now I see that everything I've ever wanted has always been right in front of me. I've been the only thing standing in my way. But no more. No more.
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The Richest Man in Babylon
Written by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton
Performed by Thievery Corporation
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A contract you shouldn't feel obliged to view, if only for Clarke
8 December 2013 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

I didn't really know what to make of this film. It's like one story ends and another one begins, as though the handling of the story/script wasn't given discipline. It's hard to believe this type of story was written by Jada Pinkett, a really good black actress, I admired for years. Clarke's performance, with his flawless yank accent is the only reason to watch this, though the story does get you in, because you wanna see, where it's gonna go. There is a little sex, yes, some nice shots of lingerie thanks to Paz, but I had myself asking "Where is the story going". I actually thought the successful average looking, if dull, Julian (Clarke) with everything ahead of him was being set up by Vega, like in the car with the menois de trois, where the other chick was filming him, where he then bailed, where she was gonna slowly destroy and take over his business, being an old flame and that. I was way off. I should of stayed with my first impression-Vega was just one of those chicks (suicidal), void of restraint for living life on the wild side. Joanna Cassidy, popping up in this as Clarke's messed up mother, added good support. Too, I did like Clarke's short fuse, his anger problems, where between the possibility of facing a prison sentence or losing his job, had him walking a tightrope. All in all, The Human Contract isn't bad, all flaws aside. In the end, yeah, check out how it ends, it's just a time passer, but involving at the time.


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