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Human Nature (2001)

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Release Date
• USA: Apr 12, 2002
DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 10, 2002
BoxOffice: $0.7M

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 36 minutes

Country USA, France

Studio Fine Line Features

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Genre: Comedy, Love Triangle, Murder, Infidelity, Satire, Fantasy, Culture Clash, Love

Tagline: In the Interest of Civilization... Conform.

Plot: When Lila Jute (Patricia Arquette), a nature writer with excessive body hair, meets Nathan Bronfman (Tim Robbins), an obsessive/compulsive scientist attempting to teach mice table manners, the two begin an unlikely romance. On a hiking trip, the new couple encounters a feral young man (Rhys Ifans) living in the woods and decides to bring him back to the city. Named Puff by Nathan's sexy French assistant, Gabrielle (Miranda Otto), the untamed lad slowly learns about language, culture, and civilization under Nathan's skewed guidance. Meanwhile, Nathan begins to fall for Gabrielle, and the libidos of all parties involved begin to rage, leading to drastic measures.

One of the most unusual screenwriters to emerge in decades, Charlie Kaufman follows up his acclaimed BEING JOHN MALKOVICH script with another amazingly inventive and oddly humorous screenplay. And as with MALKOVICH, Kaufman's writing is equally matched by excellent direction, this time courtesy of Michel Gondry. Like Spike Jonze (a producer on this film), the first-time feature director is well known for his visually stunning collaborations with Icelandic singer Björk--most notably her groundbreaking "Human Behavior" video. The resulting movie bears a charming storybook atmosphere that is enhanced by the appropriately

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 Directed by
Michel Gondry
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, Block Party
 Written by
Charlie Kaufman
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation.
Patricia Arquette
True Romance, Ed Wood, Lost Highway
Rhys Ifans
Notting Hill, Little Nicky, The Shipping News
Tim Robbins
The Shawshank Redemption, War of the Worlds, Top Gun
Hilary Duff
Cheaper by the Dozen, A Cinderella Story, Raise Your Voice
Mary Kay Place
Being John Malkovich, Girl, Interrupted, Sweet Home Alabama
Robert Forster
Mulholland Dr., Jackie Brown, Me, Myself & Irene
Rosie Perez
Do the Right Thing, White Men Can't Jump, Night on Earth
 Music By
Graeme Revell
Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, Pitch Black

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