I Heart Huckabees

Ever wonder what it all means? You know, space and time, you and me, here and there. The cubes verses. the cracks or the positives verses. the negatives. In this comedy with a cast to kill, these questions to answers and / or answers to questions are investigated and researched. Even if the revelations only reach the tip of an existential iceberg, the outcome of the product is entertainingly complex.

Jason Schwartzman plays an activist poet who is searching for an answer to why his life is made up of coincidences. He decides to hire Lilly Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman to investigate these matters and maybe give him a few clues as to where he can find answers to his life's existential questions. In doing so he sets himself up to meet Tom Corn (Mark
Wahlberg), Brad Stand (Jude Law) and Dawn Campbell (Naomi Watts), who, each in their own way, are dealing with identity crises that lead them to hire the same duo of unorthodox investigators. Add to the mix a nemesis investigator (Isabelle Huppert) and there you have it… Possibly the most ridiculously brave, funny and thought provoking film of 2004.

I Heart Huckabees ponders the search of a greater meaning, and juxtaposes it with brash materialism and urban sprawl. The storyline is, much like the message of the movie would imply, a mere pretext for what is happening beneath the surface. Perhaps the best part of the film is what you don't see. It's in the cracks rather than in the cubes. The secret to Huckabees is in the scenes that don't happen. Now, if any of this made any sense to you, you should try covering yourself in a blanket, or closing your eyes for a minute, or maybe even hide in a zipped-up duffle bag. After all, that's not where you really are, even if you can't be anything but yourself.

-Full length audio commentary by Writer / Director David O. Russel
-Full length audio commentary by David O. Russell, Jason Schwartzman,
Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts

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