I Heart Huckabees

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I Heart Huckabees certainly isn't for everyone, but audiences attuned to its quirky wavelength will find a singularly brainy screwball comedy that refuses to pander.



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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.


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
Altagracia Guzmán
as Mrs. Echevarria
Bob Gunton
as Mr. Silver
Jean Smart
as Mrs. Hooten
Saïd Taghmaoui
as Translator
Richard Jenkins
as Mr. Hooten
Scott Wannberg
as Bik Schottinger
Sydney Zarp
as Cricket
Matthew Muzio
as Construction Worker
Denis Hayes
as Orrin Spence
Matthew Grillo-Russell
as Boy at Mancala Hour
Lisa Guzman
as Frosh Girl
Janet Grillo
as Boy's Mother
Adam Clinton
as Security Guard
Isla Fisher
as Heather
Antonio Evans
as Security Guard
Shania Twain
as Herself
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
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  • Aug 05, 2013
    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 V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2012
    An eccentric existential comedy that is all over the place, I Heart Huckabees has a number of elements that just barely work separately, but when put together they form a mess of a movie that's only sporadically funny. It starts out interestingly enough, but after about 15 minutes it quickly devolves into a chaotic combination of increasingly preposterous side plots and characters. There are a few mildly entertaining scenes, but for the most part I Heart Huckabees just drowns in pseudo-intellectual dialogue and pretension. The movie has a complete lack of focus and makes for a waste of a talented cast and a huge disappointment, especially considering the generally reliable David O. Russell. Not worth a second glance.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Contains a few moments of truth and is sometimes pretty funny, but far-fetched and confusing. I lost interest more and more as the film went on. To tell you the truth, I really couldn't tell you what the hell the movie was even about.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2011
    Contains a few moments of truth and is sometimes pretty funny, but far-fetched and confusing. I lost interest more and more as the film went on. To tell you the truth, I really couldn't tell you what the hell the movie was even about.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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