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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.
This is the type of film that will always feel self-indulgent because it's a pretty hard, or even impossible to connect to the story and to try to figure if the director is trying to say something new or if it's just another piece of garbage filled with cheap philosophies.
David O. Russel's film is basically about a company of peculiar detectives who perform their jobs in a very distinct way as their goal is to cure their 'customers' as if they (the detectives) were psychiatrists. It's the type of premise that could have eventually worked if the crew in general wasn't so focused on creating something different or if it had 'received' a different execution.
This is just another…
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…
"The universe is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere."
Having seen David O. Russell's last three films which amassed him several Oscar nominations, I wanted to go back to one of his earlier projects that I missed. I had heard mix reviews about I Heart Huckabees, but I went into it with high expectations considering his latest films blew me away. I was really disappointed with the film despite the talented cast because the premise didn't appeal to me and the comedy didn't work for me either. The film centers on philosophical elements such as existentialism and nihilism, but it is treated in such a way that it seemed as if they were making…
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…
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…
“Wake up, pretty girl, the joke is on you!”
I am in love with David O. Russell and this film is extraordinary.
This is a film that I had vaguely remembered, but never seen in full. It deserves to be seen as much as possible and to receive much more appreciation. It's delightful and thought-provoking and hilarious and dark and strange and amazing.
The cast is beyond stellar, but two performances are especially outstanding: Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts.
My feelings toward Mark Wahlberg are rather mixed, but it is amazing how good he can be when given great material. This might be his best performance to date.
Naomi Watts is the greatest actress in existence. Her performance here is unsurprisingly sublime, but it was a bit shocking to see just how hilarious she is.
I can see this film becoming an all-time favorite very soon. Thank you so very much, David O. Russell!
Bit of a dag - had its moments
Rarely has a film depicted a director's breaking point quite the way that this did to David O. Russell.
The worst that I could say about Russell going into this film is that his later work is "tame" and stylistically "lacking challenge." Having heard the infamous stories of on set conflict, I became increasingly curious to see just what this film was all about. Considering that Lily Tomlin doesn't quite get as many great/noteworthy roles nowadays as she should, it added a certain enticement to the whole experience. Seeing also as I have seen Russell's films on both sides (Three Kings and The Fighter), this is the bridge between "edgy" Russell and "prestige" Russell (I don't count Accidental Love, which…
I get why some people probably hate this, but come on, it's so easy to have fun with it.
"How come we only ask ourselves the really big questions when something bad happens?" (Tommy Corn)
It's a strange thing with me and this movie. For one thing it's strange that at this very moment all of a sudden I know exactly what I want to write about it, when I had thought of it as a very difficult task all of the time. The other thing is that I often pride myself to have a thing for strange and weird stuff, but somehow seem to find myself not liking stuff like that more often than liking it.
Maybe it's that the movie is just a bit too weird for me. Kind of like Wes Anderson movies (yes, I know…
The cast is completely wasted on hokey, try-hard, faux-philosophic lines, and the story (something that might have had promise in the hands of someone with an eye for making unconventionally concepts accessible like Spike Jonze) is way too convoluted and nonsensical.
This might be one of the worst movies I've ever had to sit through. I'm disappointed, and I didn't even have high expectations.
I also watched Magnolia before I turned the age of 20 but at least I didn't try to make my own shitty version of it.
Painfully earnest Mark Wahlberg is the only Mark Wahlberg worth watching.
Definitely the last vestige of David O. Russell's interest in telling a provoking, risky story (unless that Joy trailer is incredibly misleading) by subverting cliché instead of indulging in it. I used to have Nailed as my #1 "wish I could watch" list to see exactly what caused the change in his interests and style, but now that Accidental Love exists, that doesn't feel so necessary.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…