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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.

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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

Steven Soderbergh was first interested in directing Charlie Kaufman's script back in late 1996, when Kaufman was still trying to get Being John Malkovich (1999) produced. Soderbergh's considerations for casting were for David Hyde Pierce in the role of Nathan Bronfman, Chris Kattan in the role of Puff (likely due to his character Mr. Peepers on Saturday Night Live (1975) at the time), and Marisa Tomei in the role of Lila Jute. He was about to go into pre-production when he was offered Out of Sight (1998) and after much deliberation he left the project. 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 The Elephant Man (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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Oh Come On, this one is great
1 July 2006 | by bcigorSee all my reviews

I don't know what's happening with the votes on this movie. It IS really great. May be people just get offended by lots of nudity in this picture? Why to bother? It's VERY thought-provoking, extremely smart, funny and in a same way sad. I prefer it over Eternal Sunshine sometimes. Really great story about how hopeless we all are. A bit farce, a bit comedy, and great philosophical meaning. Why don't we live in forests? Why don't we try to be free? Why do we live in this world of steel and plastic? Just think about what questions do Kaufman movie rise.

Being John Malkovich .. is pretty shallow, not strong work. I still adore it, but it's worst Kaufmans work for me, though it's extremely original.

Adaptation brings out greatest thoughts about movie-making, about human relations, about creativity and Hollywood, about mainstream and real art. And the funny thing Adaptation even mocks about itself. Great script.

Eternal Sunshine is mainly about love, destiny and memories. Nothing else there. Though i have to admit it's a perfect script.

Human Nature is an anti-human, Greenpeace-pro movie... till the very end. It mocks humanity sometimes, but mostly talks about how self-important we are, how ungracious to the nature around us. But the end ... Well, wont write spoilers here.

This movie is a skeptical answer for all those hopeless romantics out there. And i think it's a great symbiotic relationship. Romance and skepticism.


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