When Lila Jute (Patricia Arquette), a nature writer with excessive body hair, meets Nathan Bronfman (Tim Robbins), an obsessive/compulsive scientist attempting to teach mice table manners, the two begin an unlikely romance. On a hiking trip, the new couple encounters a feral young man (Rhys Ifans) living in the woods and decides to bring him back to the city. Named Puff by Nathan\'s sexy French assistant, Gabrielle (Miranda Otto), the untamed lad slowly learns about language, culture, and civilization under Nathan\'s skewed guidance. Meanwhile, Nathan begins to fall for Gabrielle, and the libidos of all parties involved begin to rage, leading to drastic measures.

The film is pretty funny, but a bit over-extended.

When Lila, Patricia Arquette, was 12 years old, hair started growing all over her body; she hid in the forest for many years. Then she met Nathan, Tim Robbins, a scientist involved in training mice to have good table manners. In the woods, Lila and Nathan meet Puff, Rhys Ifans, a feral man who becomes the subject of Nathan\'s latest experiments.

This strange but intriguing comedy was scripted by Charlie Kaufman, of Being John Malkovich and now Adaptation fame, and, like those films, it\'s clever and very far out. French director Michel Gondry doesn\'t bring the same level of imagination to the material that Spike Jonze does in the other films, but there are very engaging performances from the three leads - Patricia Arquette has a great, Bambi-like, moment where she sings to the forest animals - and there\'s Miranda Otto as a conniving research assistant with a deliberately phony French accent. The film is pretty funny, but a bit over-extended.