I Heart Huckabees (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

I Heart Huckabees (2004)



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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
Rating: R (for language and a sex scene)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David O. Russell, Jeff Baena
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 22, 2005
Box Office: $12.7M
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Jason Schwartzman
as Albert Markovski
Dustin Hoffman
as Bernard Jaffe
Lily Tomlin
as Vivian Jaffe
Jude Law
as Brad Stand
Mark Wahlberg
as Tommy Corn
Naomi Watts
as Dawn Campbell
Isabelle Huppert
as Caterine Vauban
Angela M. Grillo
as Angela Franco
Ger Duany
as Mr. Nimieri
Darlene Hunt
as Darlene
Tippi Hedren
as Mary Jane
Talia Shire
as Mrs. Silver
Bob Gunton
as Mr. Silver
Altagracia Guzmán
as Mrs. Echevarria
Jean Smart
as Mrs. Hooten
Said Taghmaoui
as Translator
Richard Jenkins
as Mr. Hooten
Scott Wannberg
as Bik Schottinger
Matthew Muzio
as Construction Worker
Sydney Zarp
as Cricket
Denis Hayes
as Orrin Spence
Matthew Grillo-Russe...
as Boy at Mancala Hour
Janet Grillo
as Boy's Mother
Lisa Guzman
as Frosh Girl
Isla Fisher
as Heather
Adam Clinton
as Security Guard
Shania Twain
as Herself
Antonio Evans
as Security Guard
Kimberly Cutter
as Corporate Board
John Rothman
as Corporate Board
Saige Ryan Campbell
as Caitlin Corn
Kaied Hussan
as Turkish Man
Chuck Saftler
as Dexicorp Attorney
George Meyer
as Formal Couple
Maria Semple
as Formal Couple
Jerry Schumacher
as Corporate Man
Julie Ann Johnson
as Lady in Gown
Keith Barrett
as Maitre'd
Maria Semple
as Formal Couple
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Critic Reviews for I Heart Huckabees

All Critics (191) | Top Critics (44)

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

I ♥ Huckabees is a rarity-a tremendously optimistic film for a truly dark time.

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Brilliant existential comedy for adults only.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Russell directs an excellent cast in a thought provoking existential comedy that is very funny and very well acted.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Metaphysics, madness and Mancala meet in this fun, fresh and overtly philosophical tale about, well, all kinds of things, really.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

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.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer


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.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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