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The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999)

An anthropologist from an alien planet provides voice-over commentary for a documentary at human courtship, mating, and reproduction.

Director:

Jeff Abugov

Writer:

Jeff Abugov

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hyde Pierce ... Narrator (voice)
Mackenzie Astin ... The Male (Billy)
Carmen Electra ... The Female (Jenny Smith)
Markus Redmond ... The Male's Friend (Jimmy)
Lucy Liu ... The Female's Friend (Lydia)
Lisa Rotondi ... The Female's Slutty Friend (Lana)
Sharon Wyatt Sharon Wyatt ... The Male's Mother
Jack Kehler ... The Male's Father
Leo Rossi ... The Female's Father
Antonette Saftler Antonette Saftler ... The Female's Mother
Marc Blucas ... The Female's Ex-Boyfriend
Anne Gee Byrd ... The Female's Boss
Eric Kushnick ... The Female's Brother
Linda Porter ... The Wise Old Woman
Tyler Abugov Tyler Abugov ... The Female's Fantasy Son
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Storyline

An anthropologist from an alien planet provides voice-over commentary for a documentary look at human courtship, mating, and reproduction: "complex, perverse, tragically beautiful: the earthbound human." The commentary gets some of the details comically wrong (explaining the slap on a newborn's back: "they don't like the looks of the child so they beat it"), but gets right the overall idea. We follow Billy and Jenny from their meeting at a club, initial misunderstandings, his losing her phone number, finally connecting, walks on the beach, soulful talks, meeting each other's parents, friends' advice, and the gradual taking of the relationship to new levels. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A földlakók nemi élete See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer-director Jeff Abugov was on the writing team of the hit sitcom The Golden Girls (1985). See more »

Goofs

After leaving the movie theater, Billy and Jenny have already reached their parked car, opened the car door, and are about to get in when they are confronted by her ex-boyfriend. The next moment she says "just walk away" and she and Billy do just that, ostensibly to ignore and avoid the ex-boyfriend. Why didn't they just finish getting into the car and drive off? Where are they walking? It makes no sense. See more »

Quotes

The Male: You're beautiful. You're smart. You can beat the crap out of people. You're the perfect woman.
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Crazy Credits

No humans were harmed during the making of this motion picture. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Terminator (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Distant World
Words and Music by Michael Bramon
Produced and Performed by Michael Bramon and the Groove Fanatics
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A funny, entertaining satire of the old nature shows.
11 July 2004 | by billyatcampSee all my reviews

I recently watched this film during the wee hours in the morning off TV and found it an excellent excuse not to go to bed. The film used the format of a '50s nature show to spoof the modern day relationship. It is not the most sophisticated film ever, but I think it makes its point. David Hyde Pierce is quite effective as the alien narrator, using his frank, matter-of-fact tone that is similar to that of his character on Frasier. The basic and almost elemental terms/phrases he uses to describe everyday items makes me think not only about what we, as humans, get wrong when we observe other animals, but also about the truly absurd things we do/own. It is true that the acting of those on-screen is not up to "awards" standards, Mackenzie Astin and Carmen Electra fill their stereotypical roles well. Don't go into watch this movie expecting everything, because you won't get it. But if you're looking for a little bit of fun to waste some time, give it a try. I give this film a rating of 3/5.


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