If I had know what I Heart Huckabees was about I would have watched it ages ago. The existential crisis that Jason Schwartzman’s character is going through is pretty fun. I love the process he goes through trying to solve it. The cast is awesome and is definitely a film I will revisit later. I don’t think this film is for everyone, but I give it the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.
A husband, Bernard (Dustin Hoffman), and wife, Vivian (Lily Tomlin), are existential detectives who help others solve existential issues. They’re hired by Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman) to help him understand a strange coincidence he has been encountering. What they uncover becomes too personal and he is forced to confront issues he isn’t ready for.
The film is directed by David O. Russell, who co-wrote it with Jeff Baena. Russell has been hit or miss with me in the past. I really loved Silver Linings Playbook when I first saw it, but wasn’t fond of American Hustle. Shockingly, I was pleasantly surprised by Joy. I honestly didn’t realize he’d done this film, but there is such a great cast that I felt compelled to see it. Fortunately, I enjoyed this film a lot and look forward to finally watching the Fighter. This film does a good job of discussing the existential crises in a way that is comedic. It’s clearly poking fun at it, but offering some valid discussions.
I love Jason Schwartzman in almost everything I’ve seen him in. However, Mark Wahlberg, as Tommy Corn, was definitely my happiest surprise. His character cracked me up multiple times, and his friendship with Albert is a great B story. Russell introduces several characters that include Naomi Watts, Jude Law, and Isabelle Huppert who have major arcs. Then there is Ger Duany and his foster family that include Richard Jenkins, Jonah Hill, and Jean Smart. He then manages to tie-up the loose ends quite nicely, if not completely.
Last thoughts on I Heart Huckabees
It’s not perfect, but it’s very funny. I found some of the discussions thought provoking. I loved the performances by so many. Lily Tomlin diving through a car window, or at least her stunt double, was hilarious. It’s a quirky film and sometimes, quite often, quirky works for me. If you’re like me then give it a shot, you may…or may not…regret it!