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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. ThoughHuman Natureisn't as surefooted asBeing John Malkovich(which was also written by distinctive screenwriter Charlie Kaufman), it has moments of startling comic genius.--Bret Fetzer
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CastRhys Ifans, Tim Robbins, Patricia Arquette, Sy Richardson, Ken Magee
DirectorMichel Gondry
Screen WriterCharlie Kaufman
DVD Release Date:  June 1, 2004
Runtime:  96 minutes
Studio:  New Line Home Entertainment
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review by . September 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**1/2 out of ****      "Human Nature" almost works. It's ambitious and intriguing, but its one fatal flaw is that its reach seems to exceed its grasp; if only in small moments. There are times in the film where I felt content with the final product, but I always had the sense that it was imperfect. It's well-made and competently written by the masterful, observant, legendary Charlie Kaufman; and directed by Michel Gondry, who made his debut feature with this film. It's not the …
review by . August 14, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
I have to admit, I had really high hopes for this movie. Made by Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry, the same writer/director team that worked together on one of my favorite movies ('Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'), and featuring Rhys Ifans and Miranda Otto, who were so good together in another favorite of mine ('Danny Deckchair'), I figured I had good reason to get excited about this. While I was not completely disappointed, it should be said that 'Human Nature' was something of a letdown …
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