James Milstead’s review published on Letterboxd:
I ❤️ HUCKABEES (I HEART HUCKABEES) (15)
D: David O. Russell
Fox Searchlight/Qwerty (Gregory Goodman, David O. Russell & Scott Rudin)
W: David O. Russell
DP: Peter Deming
Ed: Robert K. Lambert
Mus: Jon Brion
Jason Schwartzman (Albert Markovski), Dustin Hoffman (Bernard Jaffe), Isabelle Huppert (Caterine Vauban), Jude Law (Brad Stand), Lily Tomlin (Vivian Jaffe), Mark Wahlberg (Tommy Corn), Naomi Watts (Dawn Campbell)
This "existential comedy" was possibly the most divisive film of 2004 with many calling it genius and an equal amount calling it pretentious twaddle.
In Short Cuts style, the plot follows a collection of characters, but the main story thread focuses on Albert Markovsky, who hires a pair of detectives who specialise in investigating the meaning of life for their clients, as he wants them to explain coincidences which happen in his day-to-day life.
Totally different from anything else you'll ever see, but to call it genius is reaching, especially when you consider that the writer-director thinks it's the weakest film from his filmography. For me, it was pretentious twaddle.