For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
I Heart Huckabees
An existential comedy
A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
It doesn't really matter that this film is incoherent and senseless. All that matters is that these lovable characters believe the bullshit coming out of their mouths, and they end up feeling a lot better because of all their talking and crazy antics. It's so much fun to watch the lightbulb go off for a character every now and then. When they get it, I let myself feel like I get it, too…. Even though I don't.
The film relies heavily on dialogue and monologues to get its ideas across. Without some excellent performances, this wouldn't have worked. Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin were cute with their over-the-top PDA. Mark Wahlberg is surprisingly endearing…
I've expressed in the past I am a big fan of philosophy. All these ideas within and about the world fascinate me. I thought that would make me an existentialist. Apparently I was wrong? Looking at this film, and correct me if I'm wrong...
Existentialists believe that everything is connected and everything is important; everything happens for a reason.
Nihilists believe that nothing is connected and nothing is important; everything happens for no reason.
At least that's the gist of it.
This is very interesting subject matter and also very dark and deep when you think about it. I'll admit, those philosophical ideas are some of the reasons why I loved this, but the main reason is how well it…
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Self-indulgent garbage. Everyone involved is far too good for this shit. The only remotely redeeming elements are Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts, who at least seem to be aware of how fucking stupid this movie is.
And Jude Law's accent is just plain WRONG.
You could call the film a big wet noodle or a meaningless farce or an incoherent mess and I wouldn't disagree with those words, yet I still embrace the humorous absurdity of it all. O. Russell is at his best when having his characters antagonize each other and that is pretty much this whole movie. A madhouse of zany hostility. I think all these actors are turning in solidly pompous performances but played straight as black comedy, especially Jude Law who is just perfect as the stuck up asshole who ends up losing everything. It's a broad, showy performance, but I think he outdoes Bradley Cooper in the recent O. Russell stuff by a mile as the character "Brad". Law deserves due credit over Bradley.
I watched I Heart Huckabees a couple of weeks ago, and I thought positively of it as it surprised me, and by the end of it, I was happy with what I just watched. The second time round was still positive, but then I started to see the problems of the film much more clearly than I did during my initial viewing. The film's problems aren't enough to hold me back from watching this again, as the positive outweighs the negative but I Heart Huckabees is a weaker entry when compared to the standards that director, David O. Russell has provided us in recent years.
The film was written by Jeff Baena and David O. Russell. Russell has been known…
Tell me the premise of a film revolves around the deconstruction of philosophy and the role that philosophical beliefs play in our lives and you'll immediately have my attention. Few mediums can tackle these ideas with the same intensity that film can, and when done right the act of participating becomes much more than just watching images on a screen. Sadly, this falls short of being one of those films.
I can't help but respect the tenacity of David O. Russell for pushing everything to its extreme—from characterization, to subject matter (really, it's all over the place in a good way), even to set design and how it reflects certain themes that are in play—but by the film's end you…
A disaster and it shouldn't be considering everyone involved in making it. Incoherent really.
Comedia existencialista, pero sin comedia.
it was on tv. i mean.. jude law.
1) why did they use a hand double for jude?
2)i love mark wahlberg in this film
Humans wait until they undergo a crisis of faith before they start exploring existential and sometimes unanswerable questions.
To make light of our searches for truth in apparent meaninglessness, writer/director David O. Russell has created “I (Heart) Huckabees,” a comedy that finds four people in a similar void.
If Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzmann) is not the film’s protagonist, he’s certainly its driving force. As a founder of the local chapter of the Open Spaces Coalition, Albert finds himself battling to preserve every rock, bog and marsh feasible and often writing conquest poetry at the site of the latest save.
Albert’s peacenik group is a problem for the big box retailer Huckabees (think Target with the panache of Old Navy), who…
Still one of my all time favourite movies and I don't care if people don't get it. Its an incredibly silly movie about Existentialism and Nihilism with incredible performances from Lily Tomlin, Dustin Hoffman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Walberg (Marky Mark!), and Jason Shwartzman. I find myself quoting this movie on a daily basis but I also find many people saw the movie, thought it was stupid, and resent me for enjoying it so much. I have probably seen this movie 20 times. The humor totally kills me, the concepts are presented in this very awkward and human way. Essentially the film follows a jaded poet/activist as he tries to understand a coincidence he believes is meaningful with the…
I was thinking about a movie I didn't like and my experience at this flick came to mind. There are movies that I don't like, and there are movies I hate, but I disliked this movie so much I wanted to hunt down the director and punch him in the face. The only good thing about this movie are the on set freak outs by Lily Tomlin that you can find on Youtube.
Vielleicht war ich einfach nicht in der Stimmung. Vor einigen Jahren hatte mir der Film ziemlich gut gefallen, dieses Mal hat er nur genervt. Irgendwie wirkt er auf süß und skurril getrimmt und ging mir größtenteils auf den Senkel.
Um grande elenco e roteiro criativo transformam este filme no melhor de David O. Russell. Dustin Hoffman e Lily Tomlin são destaques, enquanto Jude Law e Naomi Watts formam um casal em crise e Jason Schwartzman consegue grandes momentos com Mark Wahberg e Isabelle Huppert, numa narrativa que remete não apenas aos melhores momentos de Robert Altman, como também brinca com os mais variados gêneros, principalmente os filmes de espionagem. Tudo parece se passar na mente do personagem de Schwartzman, Albert Markovski, e quem o cerca está à procura de uma identidade própria, sem efetivamente consegui-la. O. Russell e Jeff Baena elaboram os diálogos como uma exposição dos desvarios de cada personagem, e as situações são intercaladas por um clima de surrealismo contínuo.
Audacious and silly. The whole cast is brilliant, but Wahlberg is the standout. It's his best performance to date. He may be our next Nicholas Cage (a legitimately good actor who, unfortunately, chooses a lot of unexciting roles).
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).