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ICFIFC: The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human

The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999)

  • Directed: Jeff Abugov
  • Produced:
    • Larry Estes 
    • Victor Ho 
    • Sam Irvin
  • Written: Jeff Abugov
  • Starring: Carmen Electra, Mackenzie Astin, Lucy Liu, David Hyde Pierce
  • Music: Michael McCarty
  • Cinematography: Michael K. Bucher
  • Editing: Stephen R. Myers
  • Studio:
    • Earthbound Human Productions Inc.  
    • SearchParty Films  
    • Welb Film Pursuits Ltd.
  • Distributed:
    • Columbia TriStar Home Video  
    • Sony Pictures Video
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: September 3, 1999
  • Running Time: 88 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

David Hyde Pierce, playing an alien (credited as "infinity-cubed" in the opening credits), narrates a courtship in a late-20th-century American city, presenting findings and opinions as an extraterrestrial nature documentary.  The relationship "footage" is played straight, while the voice-over (with its most often wildly inaccurate theories) and elaborate visual metaphors add comedy.  Among other themes the film explores the possibility that, when describing their interpretation of other species' acts and feelings, humans may get everything wrong.

If aliens from another galaxy were to observe ordinary people as they look for love in contemporary America, what would they make of it?  That is the premise of The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human, which takes the form of a documentary in which a camera crew from an alien civilization spies on a couple from Earth as they meet, fall in love, and navigate the bumpy road to matrimony, as a helpful narrator explains what's going on.  The Male (Mackenzie Austin) encounters The Female (Carmen Electra) at “The Sacred Meeting Ground” (a nightclub in Los Angeles), and thus begins a long series of dates, conversations, sexual episodes, meetings of parents and friends, and finally marriage, as an expert (David Hyde Pierce) enlightens us as to what it all means.  The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human was written and directed by Jeff Abugov, best known for his work in television on the series The Golden Girls, Roseanne, and Grace Under Fire; the supporting cast includes Lucy Liu, Markus Redmond and Lisa Rontondi.

On film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, critics gave the movie a 33% approval rating.  However, it was well received by its audience, which gave it a score of over 70%.


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