"I Heart Huckabees" is the rare American indie with narrative and visual quirks that function as key thematic devices rather than empty affectation. The entire ensemble successfully matches the manic rhythms of David O. Russell's direction and writing, but Wahlberg particularly stands out. He captures both the leftist rage and the heartache of his character with ease. It's existentialism at its most excitingly wacky.
I was obsessed with this movie during my high school days but as I "grew up", I put it aside. You know, the whole "When I was a child, I played with childish things..." thing. I figured this was just a movie for precocious teens who wanted an introduction to philosophy. But revisiting it, I have found that it's a very enjoyable satiric farce with perfectly absurd performances and freewheeling charm.
Awesome! This is so weird and odd that it almost falls flat on its face. However, the cast really shines despite the sometimes silly script and the direction is assured. And it has Isabelle Huppert in a comedic role! How strange is that?
It's cute, and occasionally funny, and it means well, and there is at least some measurable amount of talent at work that can be watched.
"Jesus is never mad at us if we live with Him in our hearts!" Tommy : "I hate to break it to you, but He is - He most definitely is." beautifully done strains of wes anderson. nice to see lily tomlin, too, although she had russell had quite the youtube-able existential beef on the set during the making of this little gem. 3.5 stars
It's over, Brad. I had a fire and almost died and he came and he almost died 'cause he cares about the same things and that shows there's no nothing, even when you die, and he *likes* the bonnet.
"How am I not myself?" or "nothingness is somethingnes, somethingnes is nothingness"...these are just a few of the philosophical and religious questions asked in this apparently "light" comedy about a couple of existential detectives, and a 20-something year old in seek for some answers about the Big Picture.
Suffers from indie-cutesy-quirky exhaustion on the surface, but once I gave it a second viewing I saw it as a playful parody and I laughed a lot more instead of merely staring daggers at the indie-quirk tropes that made my nostrils flare and fur bristle the first time.
This movie was okay. Although it had a star-studded cast and hilarious performances by nearly all of the characters, I wasn't thoroughly impressed with this movie. Although I believe this was an extremely fresh concept it could have been executed a lot better, and it seemed to lose me about half way through. Watchable, but not recommendable.