Offbeat and charming screwball comedy stars Arquette as Lila, a sweet kid with a hairy problem--extreme hirsutism--which forces her to become a reclusive nature writer living in the woods. Her sex drive finally forces her back to civilization, where she finds a sympathetic electrologist (Perez) who sets her up with repressed scientist Nathan (Robbins). As a result of his uber-repressed upbringing, Nathan is on a quest to teach mice good table manners, but when the couple finds a woods-dwelling wildman (Ifans), he has something new to experiment on and tries to teach nature-boy to be civilized, despite his raging libido. Eccentric feature debut of Gallic director Gondry is a quirky study of three characters at odds with their own true nature and trying to fit into a judgmental society. In keeping with the offbeat humor of writer/co-producer Kaufman's "Being John Malkovich."
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 96 minutes.
Originally from United States, French.
Natl. Bd. of Review 2002: Screenplay.
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