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.
R (for language and a sex scene)
Comedy , Drama
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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
Kevin Dunn
as Marty
Tippi Hedren
as Mary Jane
Talia Shire
as Mrs. Silver
Altagracia Guzmán
as Mrs. Echevarria
Bob Gunton
as Mr. Silver
Said Taghmaoui
as Translator
Jean Smart
as Mrs. Hooten
Richard Jenkins
as Mr. Hooten
Patrick Walsh
as Fireman
Benjamin Nurick
as Harrison
Scott Wannberg
as Bik Schottinger
Matthew Muzio
as Construction Worker
Sydney Zarp
as Cricket
Jonah Hill
as Bret
Shawn Patrick
as Fireman
Denis Hayes
as Orrin Spence
Ashley A. Fondrevay
as Frosh Girl
Matthew Grillo-Russell
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
Antonio Evans
as Security Guard
Shania Twain
as Herself
Kimberly Cutter
as Corporate Board
John Rothman
as Corporate Board
Kamala Lopez-Dawson
as Molly Corn
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
Jeannie Epper-Kimack
as Lady in Gown
Keith Barrett
as Maitre'd
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All Critics (187) | 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 23, 2006
Time Out
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A rewarding- frustrating smart-silly comedy of pretentious- modest ambitions.

October 22, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

October 15, 2004
Miami Herald
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So willfully, smugly eccentric that it grows tiresome rather quickly.

October 15, 2004
Houston Chronicle
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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.

October 15, 2004
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Detroit Free Press
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Stupid, stupid movie.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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The general opinion about this movie seems curiously divided between finding it either smart or pretentious, but for me it is neither, rather a quirky, mildly funny story that makes a welcome use of existentialist issues and a great cast. Good, though nothing special.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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

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