Mating Habits Of The Earthbound Human, The
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This movie is a perverse risqué wank-fest, wrapped in seriousness and sprinkled with a little class. This was arguably one of the last great movies of the 90’s, having been released theatrically in September, 1999. This movie stars Carmen Elektra and Mackenzie Austin as two stereotypical 20 year old nothings looking for love.
What really makes this movie interesting is the narration of David Hyde-Pierce. He plays an alien anthropologist who visits earth to examine human mating habits. We never actually see him on screen, but hear his voice through the entire flick. He has a very deft matter-o-fact attitude and style, which hearkens back to his days as Niles Crane on the popular Frasier sitcom.
He never gets anything right, and of course that ends up being the most comical aspect of the film, and leads to some really atrocious belly laughs. For example, there is a birth and as routine, the doctor slaps it on its ass. The alien in all seriousness, proposes that the baby was slapped because it was ugly. In another comedic scene, the hot chick gives a guy her phone number, and the alien proposes that she is drawing him a picture to remember her by.
They are also not scared to use metaphors, and other cliché gimmicks. To illustrate the act of actually having sex, we flip to a cute scene that shows several men running around a track in sperm suits. Of course the male being diligent is wearing protection, and the men on the track abruptly run into a flat wall to illustrate the point.
The plot itself was nothing special. It was the narration that made the movie. But the plot involved a loser accountant who starts his own private firm with a friend. The friend convinces him to go out clubbing, and that is where he meets Electra. She gives him her number, and he promptly loses it. He then spends several days calling everyone in the phone book with her last name until he locates her. They start dating, which of course leads to marriage and babies, with some minor obstacles such as fighting thrown in for good measure.
The film was very perverse, but in a highly classy way. Obviously the whole thing is structured around human mating habits, so we get plenty of sex. And we're talking hot Carmen Electra sex, not drug addicted Juliette Lewis gross sex. Hell, if you look real closely in a few scenes you can clearly see Electra’s nipples coming out to play. I for one applaud this gratuitous use of sex as a theme. There are not enough movies which do so outside of porn.
This movie was really fun and almost seemed like a National Geographic parody. It made me laugh out loud on several occasions, and kept me quite amused throughout. I don’t really have any complaints or criticisms of this film, minor or otherwise. I think the directors did a great job of realizing this movie, and did the best they could with what was available. I highly recommend.
Added: Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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