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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…
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…
"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 fucking hate huckabees.
i tried folks; i tried. but i can not put my displeasure towards this self-indulgent piece-of-shit into words. it is encompasses everything that i hate about contemporary cinema.
this is the type of movie that some bitch-ass white girl would watch one night and then immediately proclaim it as her favorite film. she thinks she is smart for liking it. she is actually a dumbass for liking it, because it sucks. of course jennifer lawrence, of all people, loves this movie, it's why she worked with o. russell in the first place. she's the queen of the white girls.
if i watch a worse movie before the end of the year, i will seriously consider killing…
“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!
Existential grief therapy in a post-9/11 America, where we begin to question the very fabric of existence in the wake of insurmountable tragedy.
Hadn't watched this in years. Still my favorite David Russell by faaaaar.
Starts of being a great film about the nature of ideas and thoughts, but it doesn't end as well as I would have hoped. It's a great film however I cannot wait to watch it again.
A fuckin' weird but altogether enjoyable movie.
There is a lot to ponder over in I Heart Huckabees... I think? I liked most of it. Just don't ask me to explain it.
I saw this after reading Film Crit Hulk's analysis of David O. Russel's career, and he is very right. This has such a unique tone that I love, and it is a verrry different tone from his later movies.
An enjoyable, wholly fucked mess. I mean, this film is actually completely bonkers. But so am I. So at least I felt like I was on the films wavelength for a bit - especially the opening half.
Naomi Watts' character should have been more of a focus because she had a really interesting arc and her role was particularly meta and self-aware (akin to Mulholland Drive, almost.)
It's also perhaps a bit long for it's relatively short runtime, but I guess that's just another of many great contradictions IHH seems bent on exploring. It's a good starting point for young philosophers and evokes many of the themes I remember learning when I first started studying philosophy, but explained in relatively simple, Hollywood terms. (The film is intentionally chaotic and unwieldy, like grappling with and first studying phil.)
Oh and I wish this Hoffman was my dad tbh.
A philosophy powerpoint dictating its teachings without properly explaining them. Show me philosophy and ethics in practise don't tell me about it.
Movies that are slightly off.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…