The Mating Habits Of The Earthbound Human

Take a random selection of Cosmo bad date stories, string them together and then ask some pompous alien anthropologist to figure out what the hell they think we're up to... that's the premise behind this slight, smart-alecky romantic comedy with extraterrestrial commentary. Billy (MacKenzie Astin) and Jenny (Carmen Electra) meet in an L.A. disco and do...read more

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Take a random selection of Cosmo bad date stories, string them together and then ask some pompous alien anthropologist to figure out what the hell they think we're up to... that's the premise behind this slight, smart-alecky romantic comedy with

extraterrestrial commentary. Billy (MacKenzie Astin) and Jenny (Carmen Electra) meet in an L.A. disco and do the twenty-something mating dance. He loses her number, her friends tell her he's a doofus, they go out, they have great sex, they clash over exes, family, birth control and commitment.

Their sitcom-addled travails are so familiar you can call them three scenes before they happen, but our alien guide (the voice of David Hyde Pierce) is flailing in the dark. "The female shakes her posterior to dislodge her eggs," he intones solemnly as the hot pants-clad Jenny (who, by the way, is

a brilliant computer geek who swings a mean karate chop and adores her blind brother) gyrates on the dance floor. That's sort of funny, but 90 minutes of that kind of thing is way too much. First time feature writer-director Jeff Abugov (he has an extensive background in TV sitcoms, which may

explain the presence of Lucy Liu, Lisa Rotondi et al.) seems to have realized as much. But he chose to deal with it by staging a series of interstitial sequences involving sperm — guys dressed up in track suits and white bathing caps — trying to win the race to fertilize. As Billy and

Jenny explore various methods of contraception, natural and artificial, the sperm dudes run into walls, are mowed down by the "Sperminator," leap obstacles and are detoured down pointless tracks. Not very funny, and too direct a lift from Woody Allen's EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT

SEX* to be called hommage.

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  • Released: 1999
  • Rating: R
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