I Heart Huckabees
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Me? I loved "I Heart Huckabees." I loved it so much I can't even review it. I loved every performance, every line of dialogue; I loved it so much I want to form a club with others who loved this movie ... Normally, I can't stand Jason Schwartzman, and even he didn't ruin it for me.
How can you tell which camp you'll fall into? Here's a test. Agree or Disagree with the following statements:
1.) My friends and family tell me I think too much, and that my life would be much easier if I would just relax and not rock the boat.
2.) I've tried meditation, but gotten sidetracked when I found myself imagining taking a machete to people who annoy me.
3.) I could pick Franz Kafka out of a line-up that included Jean Paul Satre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Buster Keaton.
4.) The thought of sex with a nihilist leaves me contemplating nothingness, and yet strangely aroused.
5.) I've always wanted to see Marky Mark bicycle in fireman's knee-high rubber boots, while protesting the world petroleum crisis.
6.) I once lost a girlfriend / boyfriend to someone who was cover-model pretty / handsome, but had no soul, and that, yet again, caused me to think too much, and then to meditate, and then to imagine the whole machete thing.
7.) I think that the objectification of women is shallow and obscene, and Amish bonnets turn me on.
8.) Dustin Hoffman does a faux friendly, "I've got your nuts in my cracker" smile better and better as he ages.
9.) Lily Tomlin is reason enough to see any movie.
10.) Cruely, Manipulation, Meaninglessness.
Give yourself as many points as you want for each "yes" answer, and then give yourself an equal number of points for each "no" answer. Cause, you know? It's all one.
The film has been recapped already in these reviews. I have a checklist of who I think would particularly like this movie:
1. Anybody going through a big transition in their life (death, breakup of a relationsihp, change of work, moving).
2. Anybody who hears, contemplates or practices the teachings of Buddhism in all of its garden variety manifestations.
3. Anybody who knows they survived a difficult childhood (in one way or the other).
4. Anybody into philosophy - particularly Existentialism or other Eastern philosophies besides Buddhism - like Hinduism or Zen.
5. Anybody who wonders why I have not included their particular "TRIP" in this check list: so if you are a Southern Baptist, an inmate on Rikers Island, a European financier, a female CEO, a refugee from Sudan or your typical run of the mill, ordinary, imperfect human being...consider yourself on the list too.
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I really don't know how to best describe this film. If you are looking to compare this to a distinctive style, I would say the closest it comes to is the brilliant THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, written by Jane Wagner, and performed by Lily Tomlin (who steals this film, along with Dustin Hoffman). HUCKABEES truly examines what drives us in life, what is coincidence, what lies in our ultimate control in the world and how it shapes our personas in the world. I reccomend that you really take the time to see this film in one sitting, and you may even need to go back and watch it again to catch all of the nuance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ten years ago I would have given this movie 5 stars. I loved it. It tries to be very philosophical, while being approachable, funny, and cute. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dudeski
Funny! The only word I can think of. It's a must watch if you are having a bad day.Published 1 month ago by donnie
One of my all time favorite movies. I've watched it with delight many times. So original, funny and deep too. I'd give it ten stars if I could.Published 2 months ago by Senor Nahual