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Human Nature (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]


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  • Actors: Tim Robbins, Patricia Arquette, Rhys Ifans, Ken Magee, Sy Richardson
  • Directors: Michel Gondry
  • Writers: Charlie Kaufman
  • Producers: Anthony Bregman, Charlie Kaufman, Julie Fong, Spike Jonze, Ted Hope
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • Release Date: Dec 10 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000714E6

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This fascinating comedy questions what we mean when we use words like "nature" and "civilization." Lila (Patricia Arquette, Lost Highway, True Romance), a nature writer who grows hair all over her body, falls in love with Nathan (Tim Robbins, The Player, The Hudsucker Proxy), a scientist attempting to teach table manners to mice. While hiking in the woods, they discover Puff (Rhys Ifans, Notting Hill), a man raised in the wild since childhood, whom Nathan seizes as a test subject for his experiments--and soon these three, along with Nathan's French lab assistant (Miranda Otto) are embroiled in criss-crossed love affairs as they (and the audience) attempt to figure out what it means to be true to one's own nature. Though Human Nature isn't as surefooted as Being John Malkovich (which was also written by distinctive screenwriter Charlie Kaufman), it has moments of startling comic genius. --Bret Fetzer

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 7 2005
Format: DVD
Men raised as apes. Mannered mice. Women with bad body hair days. Don't expect anything halfway normal in the ironically-titled "Human Nature," the first collaboration between the brilliant Michel Gondry and even more brilliant Charlie Kaufman. Forget style above substance -- this is a thinking man's comedy, quirky and utterly hilarious.

It opens with a dead man, a convicted woman, and a genteel simian-man all speaking of their pasts: Lila (Patricia Arquette) became horribly hirsute when she was a teen -- by twenty, she was "Queen Kong" in a sideshow. Miserable, she retreated to the woods and became a reknowned nature writer. During electrolysis treatment some years later, a nurse offers to set her up with a desperate guy: Nathan Bronfman (Tim Robbins), a manners-obsessed scientist who is teaching them to white mice.

One day in the woods, Lila and Nathan come across a feral young man they call Puff (Rhys Ifans) -- as explained early on, Puff's father thought he was an ape, and raised his son accordingly. Now Puff is being taught the ways of humanity, as Lila tries to preserve the more primitive things about human beings -- and a warped love triangle results.

Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman recently collaborated on the wonderful, poignant "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," so it's not surprising that their first joint film was also excellent. It's the sort of film that can't be easily pegged as one thing or another -- part comedy, part satire, part blinking question mark. Is it human nature to be naked and free, to be civilized and uptight, or does it lie somewhere in the middle? Are we just animals in clothes, or do humans have something more... or less? "Human Nature" doesn't answer all these questions, but it does make you think about them.
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This was a completely unheard of movie from what I know, though it starred Tim Robbins, Patricia Arquette and Rhys Ifans (of "Notting Hill" and "The Replacements").
It's a strange story of "human nature" with some hilarious bits, some extremely strange situations, and bases ALL human nature on man's urge to fornicate. (which is probably somewhat true, why do we write books, invent things, have jobs, etc?).
The main characters are Lila, Nathan and Puff. All of whom have their little intricacies. Lila (played by Arquette) is a former circus freak/nature writer, who's got a hormone problem that makes her hairy all over her body. Nathan (Robbins) is a scientist with an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with regards to manners. Puff (Ifans) is a man raised by apes, or more specifically, andother man who THOUGHT he was an ape.
The story then works to become a love triangle, or rectangle as it may be, as well as a quirky tale of Nature versus Nurture. It's a VERY Spike Jonez feeling production and has quirkiness similar to that of Being John Malkovich, but it's a little BETTER in that it's more receptive to a larger audience.
There are some genuninely funny scenes and lines, but if you'd like to hear them or know them, you'll have to check out the movie. If you liked Being John Malkovich, you should like this movie as it's got a comparable level of quirkiness to it yet remains comically sensible. I haven't shown this movie to someone I've met who hasn't liked it, though I've noticed some terrible reviews for it. If you're not sure, check it out. It looks like you'll either love it or hate it. At least it provokes some feeling either way.
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By Scott Perez on Dec 11 2002
Format: DVD
While Hollywood continues to pump out uninteresting, action packed, technologically expensive fodder....movies that do nothing for you but leave you lighter in the pocketbook.........there comes along a group of directors who challenge the way you view films and think about them. Michel Gondry is one of them. He is a very creative director with tons of music videos to his credit. He has done music videos for artists such as Radiohead, Bjork, and Cibo Matto. If you've ever seen any of his work, you will know what I am referring to. He does not come up short with this film. If you enjoy watching films that entertain the mind, this film is a must see. I have been waiting a long time to see Human Nature and it was well worth the wait. This is instantly one of my favorite films. Rent it or buy it when you have the chance. --Other films that I recommend: 1. One Hour Photo by Mark Romanek -2. CQ by Roman Coppola -3. Sexy Beast by Jonathan Glazer -4. The Virgin Suicides by Sophia Coppola - & 5. Donnie Darko by Richard Kelly
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By anonymous-pete on Oct. 29 2002
Format: DVD
If you want to see this film because you loved "Being John Malkovich" you will almost certainly be disappointed. The two films are not of the same quality, they are not even in the same range of quality.
I think Charlie Kaufman is one of the most important writers writing screenplays today, and everything I've read of his (from "Being John Malkovich" to "Adaptation") had been superb, but "Human Nature" simply did not translate well from page to screen.
And I can't say that it is necessarily all Michael Gondry's fault in his direction. While, I think part of the problem is that Gondry didn't "get" the screenplay, part of the problem is that this was Kaufman's first script and while entertaining on the page, when put on screen, without the humorous writing style and Kaufman's cynical voice ... well, the filmable elements simply don't hold together.
Wait for "Adaptation" or "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," both of which promise to be better. They could hardly be worse.
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