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Naked and abnormally hairy, Patricia Arquette swings through the trees while belting out a show tune. Sound scary? It is. But it's not the strangest aspect of this fascinating misfire (think a Frankenstein-ian combo of Pygmalion and Greystoke), which makes a guinea pig of Rhys Ifans, a man raised by apes and then yanked from his woodsy home by scientist Tim Robbins.
With the help of hirsute girlfriend Arquette, Robbins reconditions the feral Ifans to speak and behave like a civilized human. But despite some serious training in social graces, the wild guy can't control his primal sexual urges. And neither can the repressed teacher. Human Nature features all the bizzaro elements--and flashes of ingenuity and wit--you'd expect from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich), but the unfocused story gets lost in the woods. And all the extreme close-ups of electrolysis are enough to make you tear your hair out!