I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Convinced that a series of coincidences involving a doorman hold some secret to life's largest riddles, Albert Markovski seeks the help of a detective agency unlike any other--which leads him down a path that questions the essence of existence itself. In an attempt to ferret out the meaning of these flukes, he consults Bernard and Vivian Jaffe, AKA the Existential Detectives, a pair of married metaphysicians who fearlessly investigate the mysteries at the core of their clients' secret innermost lives. Bernard and Vivian kick off their existential exploration of Albert Markovski by probing his past and present reality. Along the way, they uncover his festering conflict with Brad Stand, a golden boy executive climbing the corporate ladder at Huckabees, a popular chain of retail super-stores that wants to sponsor Albert's Open Spaces Coalition for the PR value. The Existential Detectives are convinced that Brad (seemingly Albert's opposite) is the key to cracking Albert's case, but then Brad turns the tables on their investigation, by hiring the detectives himself. As Bernard and Vivian begin to dig deeper into Brad's ambition and his relationship with Huckabees' hot blonde spokes model Dawn, Albert begins to lose faith and rebels against their conclusions. Pairing up with another of the duo's clients--firefighter, tough guy and uncompromising soul searcher Tommy--he joins forces with the Jaffes' arch nemesis, the sexy French philosopher Caterine Vauban, who valiantly battles for the contrasting point of view. Now, as Being chases Nothingness, Albert, Tommy, Brad, Dawn, Bernard, Vivian and Caterine chase one another in a wild romp through life's biggest questions to find the true answer. … More
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Critic Reviews for I Heart Huckabees
This feverish state-of-the-split-nation address finds Russell tossing everything that matters -- and more -- into the pot, and producing a pretty indigestible and very messy stew.
A rewarding- frustrating smart-silly comedy of pretentious- modest ambitions.
Russell is obviously working out his considerable angst ... but in an admirable attempt to opt for a manic, stream of consciousness energy, he ends up annoying his audience instead.
So willfully, smugly eccentric that it grows tiresome rather quickly.
Adventurous, challenging and filled with small moments of delight. Unfortunately, it's also self-indulgent, repetitious and the sort of movie you wish was great but isn't.
You have to give everyone involved credit for mounting a joke that, if not of Dadaist proportions, should prove pretty funny to everyone except the rubes who wander in expecting to see something they can comprehend.
I ♥ Huckabees is a rarity-a tremendously optimistic film for a truly dark time.
Russell directs an excellent cast in a thought provoking existential comedy that is very funny and very well acted.
I have no idea what the film is really all about, but this top line cast makes it so much fun, it doesn't seem to matter.
Metaphysics, madness and Mancala meet in this fun, fresh and overtly philosophical tale about, well, all kinds of things, really.
If you're up for it, you'll discover a fresh, funny little romp unafraid to tackle the biggest issues of all.
Despite an outstanding cast of actors and some funny moments, I never cared enough to believe that this movie was anything other than pretentious; the kind of movie they might show in Philosophy 101 classes.
Si vous ętes pręt ŕ suivre ŕ votre maximum d'attention une comédie qui ne semble pas faire beaucoup de sens, vous risquez [...] de vous y retrouver.
I ♥ Huckabees might be too smart for its own good, but that also seems to be the point. Russell extols liberal activism while deflating its self-importance...
A high-concept, high-minded piece of pseudointellectual trash, "I Heart Huckabees" is one of those stink bombs the intelligentsia like to champion.
...while it is little more than a lightweight charade masquerading as deep wisdom, there were parts of it I enjoyed.
At its heart, this is basically the story of one man's attempt to prove that his life has meaning. What could be more relatable than that?
I ? Huckabees really only succeeds on the level of slapstick, with Tomlin's impeccable timing being the chief delight.
A different kind of motion picture, one that challenges the status quo and gives audiences a skewed view on the typical. Here, here!
What in the world is going on with I Heart Huckabees? Please, someone e-mail me and let me know.
Audience Reviews for I Heart Huckabees
Mark Wahlberg is the balls. I never thought I'd say that.
Most of the other actors are somewhat less convincing and at times some of them actually don't seem to know what movie they are in. (Isabelle!)
Existential caper is at once profoundly enjoyable and infinitely flawed.
David O. Russell's 'I Heart Huckabees' is a unique and quirky film that proves to be too frazzled and quick. It loses it's viewer in most of the frenzy of what's going on and doesn't allow any catch up time. The cast is excellent though, with a Mark Wahlberg that really stands out as the most committed here. It's hard to follow this frantic existential film, but 'I Heart Huckabees' is an original experience that has a few tricks up its' sleeve.More
The general opinion about this film seems curiously divided between finding it either smart or pretentious. For me it is neither, but just a quirky and rather funny story that makes welcome use of some existentialist issues and a great cast. Good, but nothing special.More
Any movie that features Mark Wahlberg and Jason Schwartzman whacking each other in the face with a ball automatically deserves taking a look at.
Released in 2004. I Heart Huckabees is a wild and offbeat philosophical comedy about people suffering through various existential crises who hire existential detectives to help them figure things out. Sounds odd, I know, and it's kind of hard to really describe this movie, but basically think of it as heavy intellectual material mixed with funny midlife crisis (only existential in nature) type of stuff. I figured this movie would be really obtuse and inaccessible, but it's actually not that hard to follow or get into if oyu pay a bit of attention and have an open mind.
The cast is great. There's tons of well known names and faces, and that goes for the cameos and bit players as well. Everyone does a pretty good job, too. Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin are a joy to watch, and they make a great team. They same goes for Wahlberg and Schwartzman. Law is a bit of an asshole ,but that means he's done his job as an actor. Watts looks good in a bonnet and well, I dunno, you just kind of have to see this.
The movie is pretty good, but not great. It might be a little too heady for some, but that's what you get when you go offbeat (sometimes, but not always). It seems a bit random at times, and some might not like having the question of "what's the point?" not answered immediately, but those are really the only issues I have. That the overall revelation/answer is something I believe in anyway makes me only enjoy this movie even more.
Give it a shot, you might really find something to enjoy here.
I Heart Huckabees Quotes
- Tommy Corn:
- Once you realize the universe sucks, you've got nothing to lose.
- Vivian Jaffe:
- Most people prefer to remain on the surface of things.
- Albert Markovski:
- Nobody sits like this rock sits. You rock, rock. The rock just sits and is. You show us how to just sit here and that's what we need.
- Bernard Jaffe:
- No time for infinity? Gotta piece together a theory?
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