Human Nature

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"Ahhh! I don't get it. I don't get it. I don't get it. How could I find myself in this mess? This is a mess. This is not a situation I understand. This is a mess. How do I extricate myself from this mess? Is my girlfriend a man? I don't understand. This is not a part of any plan. She deceived me. She has hair! She's not supposed to have it! But am I being fair? So what if she has hair? Who am I to judge? I have hair.  But I'm supposed to have it! I am a man. Men are supposed to have hair. But poor Lila. Think of what she's had to go through. The courage she's had to have in the face of this abomination of nature. I should love her all the more. I should love every grotesque hair on her body." - Nathan

Release: 18 May 2001 (Cannes), 12 September 2001 (France), January 2002 (Sundance), 12 April 2002 (USA)

The Pitch:  If you're into hirsute women, monkey-men, uptight scientists and penis jokes - all of it delivered with a small element of high-brow - this is the film for you. Human Nature gives us a four-way romance between Nathan (a scientist who believes he can save the world by teaching mice table manners), Lila (a naturist with excess body hair), Gabrielle (Nathan's French lab assistant) and Puff (a man raised by his father to be an ape). Nathan discovers Puff in the jungle and attempts to turn him into a civilised human being. Hilarity attempts to ensue.

Director: Michel Gondry
Cast: Tim Robbins (Dr. Nathan Bronfman), Patricia Arquette (Lila Jute), Rhys Ifans (Puff), Miranda Otto (Gabrielle)

The screenplay's 1st draft is available via the Scripts/Writing section of this website.

 

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