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I Heart Huckabees review

Updated on June 13, 2013

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This is a 2004 philosophical comedy directed, produced and co-written by David O. Russell. Jeff Baena co-wrote the screenplay as well. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Schwartzman, Lily Tomlin, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, and Isabelle Huppert. The film starts with Albert (Jason Schwartzman) who sees a tall African man thinking is a coincidence when his environmental group is trying to save a forest from getting cut down, getting fired from his job at Huckabees. He wants to know why he sees the African guy so he calls two existential detectives that deal with these kinds of things. Bernard and Vivian Jaffe (Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman) help Albert by looking at the positive side of his coincidence and existentialism. They tell Albert that everything is connected and there are reasons that things happen in life because it means something good or bad can happen. Albert gets fired from Huckabees and gets kicked out of his coalition group because of Brad (Jude Law) who is arrogant and only cares for his promotion in his job. Meanwhile one of their clients Tommy (Mark Wahlberg) is having a crisis at home. His wife is leaving him because he talks about nothingness and meaninglessness. She gets tired of it and leaves with his kids, Bernard comes trying to talk her out of leaving and telling Tommy that everything is connected. But Tommy is not buying and tells Bernard there is no point at looking at the positive side, because no matter what happens people do bad things anything. He shows Bernard that he read a book by Caterine Vauban (Isabelle Huppert) who used to be a former student of the Jaffe’s. Her theories of the world are darker and depressing. The detectives delve into more in Albert’s case trying to figure out why he is obsessed with this coincidence, and discover that he and the African met in the record store when Albert was putting pictures of himself so people can find it. Vivian suggests that Albert meet his other, Tommy, to help him. However Bernard refuses saying that Tommy is in a bad place right now, but Vivian persuades him. They meet and get along, but it is still a problem when they decide to go rogue on the Jaffe’s and go to Caterine Vauban. Besides ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ this is one of my favorite movies by David O. Russell. I want to call it an indie film but it got plenty of buzz in the mainstream media. What I really liked about the movie is how the characters are looking at the world and how it affects their life while it all happens at a warehouse store called Huckabees. My favorite part is when Tommy and Albert meet and you can see they have a connection with their crisis. The theory the Jaffe’s is that the universe is connected to everyone, like how people are different but our heart beats as one. Caterine Vauban’s theory is darker by saying nothing is connected and people will do bad things anyway, the world is cruel and all that. Both theories have some points, but we as a human race should find peace and understanding in a world of chaos. In the end, I don’t want to give spoilers away as always but it is understandable at how it ends.



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