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Here on Earth

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Movie propaganda

Kelley Morse (Chris Klein), who is cocky and brash, normally would never have crossed paths with the residents of a small town near his posh private school. But when he takes his shiny new Mercedes out for a drive, he locks horns with some of the locals, including Jasper (Josh Hartnett). As Jasper's wilful girlfriend Samantha (Leelee Sobieski) looks on, Kelley and Jasper engage in a dangerous car race that turns disastrous, leaving a popular diner owned by Samantha's mother in ruins.

Kelley and Jasper are sentenced to a creatively ironic but fitting punishment: they must help rebuild the diner. Not only does this ruin Kelley's summer plans, he also must board at the home of his rival, Jasper. Kelley begins to fulfil his sentence, but refuses to have anything to do with Jasper and his parents.

When Kelley again encounters Samantha, the attraction is immediate and strong. First love blossoms in the Berkshire Woods - angering Jasper, who has known Samantha practically his entire life. These new feelings and the romantic triangle that develops are only the beginning of a new journey for Kelley, Samantha and Jasper, as they ultimately make life-changing discoveries about themselves and each other.

Persons of interest

  • Chris Klein .... Kelvin "Kelley" Morse
  • Leelee Sobieski .... Samantha "Sam" Cavanaugh
  • Josh Hartnett .... Jasper Arnold
  • Michael Rooker .... Malcolm Arnold
  • Annie Corley .... Betsy Arnold
  • Bruce Greenwood .... Earl Cavanaugh
  • Annette O'Toole .... Jo Cavanaugh
  • Elaine Hendrix .... Jennifer Cavanaugh
  • Stuart Wilson .... John Morse
  • Ronni Saxon .... Robin Arnold
  • Michael Seitzman .... Screenwriter
  • Mark Piznarski .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Boy meets girl, boy wants girl, boy gets girl. Another boy meets girl, wants girl, gets girl. Boy meets boy, bash each other with testosterone sticks to prove which one is more worthy of having girl. Girl stands back and shakes head.

Boys are so dumb!

Meanwhile, Chris is quickly getting himself typecast as the sensitive jerk who falls in love with the only girl who can rescue him. Or maybe that's just him. Leelee gets the deep meaty lead because she has a track record of deep meaty leads... h minutes... that's being typecast, too, but there's typecast and there's typecast. Josh is the unfortunate victim of the sensitive jerk and the deep meaty leads, trounced by both but coming to love them both, too.

Sheesh, talk about a nice guy finishing last.

Despite Leelee's propensity for being a good actor there's not a great deal of depth in Here on Earth. It tries harder than most teen romances but ultimately it's been written for (at) teens rather than by teens. Love triangles are all well and good, but they've been done to death. The rich/poor thing isn't enough to make it worthy of note, either. Like you've never seen that storyline before.

If you're a teen chick wanting some boys to daydream about, Chris and Josh will fill the gap easily, otherwise, you don't need to see this flick.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Features:
    • Music video
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Languages: English

Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes)

Surveillance time

93 minutes (1:33 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

20 December 2000
DVD retail: 12 February 2003

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