I Heart Huckabees details
|Formats:||15 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Dustin Hoffman, Jason Schwartzman, Mark Wahlberg, Jude Law, Isabelle Huppert, Lily Tomlin, Naomi Watts|
|Director:||David O. Russell|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Haven't Seen That in Ages!, Hidden Gems, Just Arrived, March Picks, Our Instant Picks, Sick Of Soccer, Summer Comedy|
I Heart Huckabees
|1hr 42 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 42 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
'Wildly original, bitingly relevant and frequently laugh-out-loud funny, this is American cinema at its most adventurous and unexpected,' says Tom Charity.
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'Pretentious' is good when it's this funnyBy N Stafford from England , 27 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]'I Heart the Huckabees' brilliantly describes the complexities and the moral haziness of the world in which we live. Movies with this subject matter are usually incredible morbid; the world is portrayed as a moral darkness, 'grey' decisions are made by fat business men, and the hero is some type of social outcast. David O Russell's production, just his The Three Kings before, is a new take on the subject. As with The 3 Kings, O Russell contrasts the dark subject matter against a refreshingly comical background. Rather than sulk about the state we are all in - this film waltzes like a dance through the battlefield - studying the lines that lie between us - and ensuring they are comically crossed. This turns a bleak message about the desperateness of human nature into one of our humanity - and all communicated in a way that doesn't at all bring you down. Laugh as the two factions of Existentialism battle it out - the falseness of a corporation smile crumbling into self pity - the fireman (Mark Wahlberg) who rides his bike to stop fires (to save on gas) - the environmental activist, as he struggles to define the real reasons behind his struggle against corporate America - listen to his laughable poetry, his inner doubts, and watch what flaky sense of reality leads him to the existentialists. I loved this film, and considered it the best film of the year. People say it was pretentious. So what? To say something is pretentious requires an air of pretension too. We are all pretentious in that we value our own opinions over others - a topic this movie covers in much detail.
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What am I doing?By thebeard2 (6 reviews) from London , 26 Apr 2009Whimsical and 'kooky' as you'd expect, but funnier, deeper and more interesting than other indie fare such as Napoleon Dynamite. It was much less predictable than I expected and never quite became either the silly rom-com, or naval-gazing philosophical cul-de-sac that I feared it might. It is helped along immensely by a highly endearing performance from Jason Schwartzman and is generally warm and eccentric in equal measure. It does a great job of exploring how thin is the line between the comfortable order of simply living your life and the chaos and collapse that can come from stopping to ask 'what am I doing?' - but it is in no way designed to make you feel weak, guilty or stupid for not asking the question, for it is ultimately a selfish and somewhat meaningless thing to do.
I hate Huckabees!By AllHale (6 reviews) from Surbiton , 11 Feb 2009I thought this was an awful film.
Oddly enough, i had blogged about a coincidence in my life several days before watching the film, so was rather excited when it appeared to be a big part of the film.
However, i was totally dissapointed by the entire film, so much so i stopped watching halfway through, but made myself finsih is the night after.
Don't beleive a great cast makes a great film!
Terrible, not worth the effort.
Haters - why so angry?By a customer from Falkirk , 02 Feb 2009If you watched this movie, and said ' ..........whaaaaaaaaat?', then just move on. If you got it, congratulations, most likely, you will have enjoyed it, if you got it and still didnt like it, i must say that you a very strange superiority complex.
This movie is simply wonderful.
No Likie!!By a customer from Edinburgh , 10 Jan 2009I was very excited to see this and was disappointed.
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I see what you were trying to do here....By a customer from London , 04 Dec 2008I heart Huckabees is a clever attempt at what is in actual fact is a pretty tricky subject to even think about. Once you have watched it just trying to describe what happens in the film becomes virtually impossible without you yourself falling into your own existential nightmare.
It follows a similar path to such fims as Eternal Sunshine, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation in that these are films follow a chain of thought that your average joe is not used to tuning into, though we should as it's good to think out of the box every once in a while. It just depends how far out of the box you are willing to go.
What saves the film from getting completely lost in its own little world are the off the wall and kooky performances of a great cast, and in principle the basis of a good story.
A little hard to follow at times however a good attempt to cover a daunting and mind bending subject.
ps To accompany the film watch the clip of director David O Russell losing it at Lily Tomln to see what the poor actors and actresses had to go through. Search under I don't heart huckabees on youtube.