The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Simple boy (Astin) meets extremely sizzling girl (Electra) in a dance club and we follow them through the courtship/dating process while an “off screen” alien anthropologist (voiced by David Hyde Pierce) uses them as subjects to comment on the odd mating rituals of the human species.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This lengthy titled movie delivers a somewhat typical, yet still sweet, relationship movie with quite a clever twist: it’s narrated by an alien host who comments on the proceedings as if the movie were a documentary on the “Animal Channel” but with us, and all of our “mating” complexities, as the subject. Although the narration did get a tad old at times, it was mostly a laugh riot with the narrator giving us his own “misinformed” takes on things that we as humans take for granted. For anybody who’s ever dated and/or hit the club scene, you will find a lot to relate or chuckle to here.
On the acting front, Carmen Electra is far from being an excellent actress, but Mackenzie Astin lends her able support and the endearing chemistry they shared held things together. Also let’s be frank here, seeing Miss Carmen display her awesome body through various assortments of tiny streetwalker-like outfits or brief nudity also kept my eyes (and my groin) on the screen. When all was said and done, this tightly wrapped piece of “bon-bon” brought me a couple of giggles, a pre-fame Lucy Lui in a small role, a few groovy sight gags (loved the sperm bit) while at the same time poking fun at something that most of us could relate to: going clubbing, trying to pick up, finding the right girl, nailing her and…well…watch the movie to know the rest.
Director Commentary: Writer/Director Jeff Abugov comes in and comments on the scenes at hands, expresses his intentions behind those scenes, gives us some insight as to the hardships of the shoot, addresses his actors, the narration and more. Being that this is somewhat of an obscure film and that this is the DVDs only real extra, hearing tid-bits of trivia in regards to the picture was quite a treat.
We also get Bonus Trailers (Charlie’s Angle, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Sweetest Thing, New Best Friend)
Rent this one on a Saturday night when you’re bummed about your Friday night failure at the “sacred breeding ground”. You’ll feel better. Yes, the disk is quite empty but the commentary almost fully made up for that and the movie itself is just too cute and witty to pass up. I can also think of better ways of killing a buck and a half of my life than by watching Carmen “the body” Electra in many stages of undress. Can you? Let the mating dance begin!