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I Heart Huckabees

2006-03-30 13:14


Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman), head of the Open Spaces Coalition, has been experiencing an alarming series of coincidences the meaning of which escapes him. With the help of two Existential Detectives, Bernard and Vivian Jaffe (Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin), Albert examines his life, his relationships, and his conflict with Brad Stand (Jude Law), an executive climbing the corporate ladder at Huckabees, a popular chain of retail superstores. When Brad also hires the detectives, they dig deep into his seemingly perfect life and his relationship with his spokesmodel girlfriend, the voice of Huckabees, Dawn Campbell (Naomi Watts). Albert pairs up with rebel firefighter Tommy Corn (Mark Wahlberg) to take matters into their own hands under the guidance of the Jaffes' nemesis, the French radical Caterine Vauban (Isabelle Huppert).

What the critics are saying:

"Clever but distancing, this existential comedy bounces along on the backs of its tasty cast, witty writing and stylistic verve."
- David Rooney, Variety

"It is difficult for me to describe how sweet and buoyant I found the film, despite its seemingly excessive stylization."
- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

"With razor-sharp performances, zingy one-liners, broad slapstick humor and a message of sorts, there's enough to distract the viewer from becoming hopelessly lost in the lint-filled chaos that is the umbilicus."
- Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post

An extraordinary mixture of pop-philosophy and absurdist humour makes for one of the most interesting films of the year.

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cate 2005-08-27 12:08 PM
not the usual fare at all Brilliantly made, intelligent and achingly, wickedly funny - a very peculiar little film. Its hard to believe its made in america. excellent, should not be missed

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