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May 23, 2006

Human Nature - 5

Written by Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), this film is a funny commentary on what might separate or connect humans from the rest of nature. Not as good as his previous work, but funny and telling and cynical of a naturalist worldview. Each of the characters has a moment of crisis where they have to choose between civilization and chaos, as choice between being truly themselves or conforming to others. In the end, civilization turns out to be the game that can get one's natural instincts toward sex fulfilled the fastest without dire consequences. The meaning of life becomes acting so others will like us. In some ways this film reminds me of I heart Huckabees, it has some of the same philosophical points and crazy characters.

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