Here on Earth (film)

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Here on Earth
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMark Piznarski
Produced byDavid T. Friendly
Written byMichael Seitzman
Music byKelly Jones
Andrea Morricone
CinematographyMichael D. O'Shea
Edited byRobert Frazen
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
March 24, 2000 (2000-03-24)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$15 million[1]
Box office$10 million[1]

Here on Earth is a 2000 American romantic drama film directed by Mark Piznarski from a screenplay by Michael Seitzman. The film stars Chris Klein, Leelee Sobieski, and Josh Hartnett. The original music score was composed by Kelly Jones and Andrea Morricone.

Plot summary[edit]

Kelvin "Kelley" Morse and Jasper Arnold become involved in a car race and accidentally damage a restaurant owned by Samantha Cavanaugh's parents. Both are sentenced to perform community service by repairing the damage. Although Kelley comes from a wealthy family and Jasper's parents are working-class, they soon find themselves fighting over the same girl, Samantha. While Jasper and Samantha have been dating publicly for years, in secret, Kelley and Samantha begin to spend time together. They soon find that they have more in common than they imagined, and they fall in love. Eventually, Jasper learns of their interlude and doesn't like it. During a trip to Kelley's home in Boston, Kelley reveals to Samantha that his mother killed herself. Samantha brings Kelley into the house and they sleep together. In the morning, after Sam makes Kelley breakfast, Kelley's father arrives and informs him he must attend college early and give up his fling with Samantha. Upon returning to the small town, Samantha's parents soon learn that their daughter's osteosarcoma has relapsed, which was initially discovered after a track injury, and now has only a few months to live. Samantha tells Kelley that she thinks everyone has their own heaven and it is made of a combination of all the things we loved in life. She says that his mother has Kelley with her in her heaven. When Kelley learns the awful truth, he must decide if he should obey his father's wishes and go to college or stay by the side of the first girl he's ever loved. In the end he returns to be with Samantha during her final months of life. At her funeral, Kelley recites a passage from a poem he and Sam loved. The film closes with a shot of Samantha running through a field in her version of heaven.



Box office[edit]

The film opened at #5 at the North American box office, making $4.5 million USD in its opening weekend.[1]

Critical response[edit]

Here on Earth received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 17% based on reviews from 69 critics.[2] On Metacritic the film has a score of 25% based on reviews from 24 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[3]

Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle praised Leelee Sobieski for her performance.[4]

Roger Ebert criticized the film for its sentimentality.[5] Paul Cullum of L.A. Weekly called the film "Complete and utter horseshit."[6]


  1. Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey - Where You Are
  2. Sixpence None the Richer - I Need Love
  3. Devin - Whatever Turns You On
  4. Tal Bachman - If You Sleep
  5. Tim James - Tic Tocs
  6. Beth Orton - Don't Need a Reason
  7. Stereophonics - Pick a Part That's New
  8. Sixpence None the Richer - We Have Forgotten
  9. Neve - Skyfall
  10. Tori Amos - 1000 Oceans
  11. Andrea Morricone - Birches
  12. Andrea Morricone - Here on Earth Score Suite

"Black Balloon" by Goo Goo Dolls and "Breakout" by Foo Fighters are played during the film, but do not appear on the soundtrack album.


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