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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…
This film: "You can't deal with my infinite nature can you."
Me: "That is so not true. Wait what does that even mean?"
In my top ten movies of all time. Russell's ability to make a movie with such a heavy topic be so innocent, charming, and cute is where the genius is.
A little over my head, but made me laugh the whole time. I enjoyed every character's insular delusions.
My ageing brain has grown less fond of this film over the years. The mayo story still makes me laugh and it's generally OK. But, Naomi Watts in particular stands out as a cringeworthy example of somebody who looks more used to kissing arses and being cut throat ambitious than somebody who could convincingly be endearing and comical. No mayo Naomi.
Slight, clumsy, and meandering. Not as smart or irreverent as it thinks it is. The characters are grating with only Mark Wahlberg’s amazing id-like performance being anything worthwhile. Nothing else surprising or innovative here.
David O. Russell yet again takes an interesting plot or concept, (existentialist detectives, plus existentialism vs. nihilism) and does absolutely nothing with it.
Example: Jude Law’s character tells a longish anecdote at an office meeting that goes nowhere, but receives laughs. Later, Hoffman and Tomlin’s detectives play him audio of himself repeating the same story over and over in different situations. It’s a fairly original take on real-life small talk, since I certainly repeat stories until I’ve covered a large chunk of my friend/acquaintance circle. However,…
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
- 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).