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I Heart Huckabees [DVD]

Jason Schwartzman , Isabelle Huppert , Darlene Hunt    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Schwartzman, Isabelle Huppert, Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Mark Wahlberg
  • Directors: Darlene Hunt
  • Producers: Jon Brion, Gregory Goodman, Scott Rudin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007D5G40
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,951 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Billed as "an existential comedy," I Heart Huckabees is a flawed yet endearingly audacious screwball romp that dares to ponder life's biggest questions. Much of director David O. Russell's philosophical humor is dense, talky, and impenetrable, leading critic Roger Ebert to observe that "it leaves the viewer out of the loop," and suggesting that Russell's screenplay (written with his assistant, Jeff Baena) is admirably bold yet frustratingly undisciplined. Russell's ideas are big but his expression of them is frenetic, centering on the unlikely pairing of an environmentalist (Jason Schwartzman) and a firefighter (Mark Wahlberg) as they depend on existential detectives (Lily Tomlin, Dustin Hoffman) and a French nihilist (Isabelle Huppert) to make sense of their existential crises, brought on (respectively) by a two-faced chain-store executive (Jude Law) and his spokesmodel girlfriend (Naomi Watts), and the aftermath of 9/11's terrorism. No brief description can do justice to Russell's comedic conceit; you'll either be annoyed and mystified or elated and delighted by this wacky primer for coping with 21st century lunacy. Deserving of its mixed reviews, I Heart Huckabees is an audacious mess, like life itself, and accepting that is the key to enjoying both. --Jeff Shannon

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Intelligent and offbeat philosophical comedy from the director of 'Three Kings'. Bernard and Vivian Jaffe (Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin) are a married couple who run an existential detective agency, and whose latest client is Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman), an angst-ridden environmental activist. The Jaffes' study of Albert's problems lead them to Brad Stand (Jude Law), a public relations executive who works for a chain of variety stores, Huckabees, and who publicly supports Markovski's environmental stance while privately brokering shady land deals. When Brad hires the Jaffes himself, these interconnected relationships all begin to break down.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is such a clever and funny film 10 Oct 2008
I'm partly amazed by the negative reviews on this page. When I saw this film at the cinema I came out thinking it was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time and certainly one of the cleverest full stop.

It is a constant debate upon the two philosophical views of the world: Everything's Connected or Everything's Separate. Think about the political extremes that people have (left wing/liberal to right wing) and you see how these two extreme philosophies dominate our lives.

So it's incredibly clever and demands repeat viewing to see the constant comments about our perceptions and views. Plus it's brilliantly funny as well!

So ignore the past negative opinions. If you want a film that's a refreshing change from the brainless pap that dominates the cinemas then see this brilliant and funny film.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who am I if I'm not myself? 14 Nov 2005
It's one of those films from one of those directors. It makes some people fall in love and others get angry much like the work of Wes Anderson and Alexander Payne. You already know if this is your kind of thing (the prescence of the quite brilliant Jason Schwartzman is a signal of its indie pedigree) So if the recent 'Life Aquatic' made your blood boil then disregard the 5 star rating I've given this.
I Heart Hukabees follows a young environmental(ist? conservationist?) trying to save a forest and some Marsh land who is convinced the repeated sighting of an ethiopian doorman is a hint that what he is doing isn't worthwhile. He Contacts Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin's 'Existential Detectives'. Through them we meet Tommy, a petrolium hating fireman with a short fuse and are gradually introduced to the people Albert is forced to deal with.
The characters are really perfectly cast. Jude Law is in his element as a smug corprate hack, lets face it he's far too pretty to feel sympathetic towards. Dustin Hoffman is fantastic as Bernard portraying a strange, layed back enthusiasm and Naomi Watts is surprisingly game for making herself look utterly ridiculous. The film really rest on the shoulders of Schwartzman and Wahlberg though, the latter being the real massive surprise of the film since he gives by far the best performance of his career.
The music is very impressive. Multi instrumentalist Jon Brion provides a score that can sound quaint one minute then epic and bewildering the next. The DVD also gives an insight into the reording process, the video for 'Knock Yourself Out' and a little infomercial in which he sits at the side on a stool playing songs from the film in the breaks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A major player in the 90s golden age 1 May 2007
David O Russell first made his name with Spanking The Monkey at Sundance in 1994. The film was made for $80,000, starred Jeremy Davies and catapulted the director into the spotlight. Forever the subversive, David O Russell has never seemed to compromise his vision for the films he directs. Three Kings is one clear example - a Hollywood action movie that questions the reasons why America is at war. Stories abound of his fist fight with George Clooney on the set. In I Heart Huckabees he seems to have had an explosive row with Lily Tomlin (see YouTube for extracts.)

This refusal to kowtow to others is a strong trait among the great directors (e.g. Hitchcock, Ford, Herzog, Kurosawa etc) Whether O Russell is yet in that league is too early to determine, by my god I enjoy watching films from directors that care...and stick like super glue to their vision.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything is nothing 3 May 2005
This is a wonderfully thought provoking film and the questions raied are real! The proformances of both Jason Schwartzman and Mark Wahlberg are fantastic and they work wonderfully together as a duo thrown together in order to solve their crisis of life! Schwartzman is drawn to Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin's characters to solve a series of 'conincidences' in his life and ends up with more than he bargined for!! Jude Law puts in a good performance here as a loveable but shallow man, more interested in himself, money and work than his girlfriend!!
This is a film that maybe shouldn't work, but due to the excellent performances of the actors and the fabulous writing throughout, the film zooms past almost before it has begun!!
A thouroughly entertaining and heart warming film. Well worth a watch.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all connected 1 Jan 2006
"I Heart Huckabees" is one of those movies that will make you feel bad if you try to dislike it -- it's such an offbeat, amusing little movie that the incomprehensibility of the plot feel irrelevant. Despite a dose of existentialism and some vaguely Buddhist philosophy, director David O. Russell keeps it relatively light and fresh.

Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman) is a semi-successful environmentalist who is struggling to save a stretch of land. But a Wal-Mart-esque "Huckabees" franchise store is going to be erected, and the chain's executive, Brad Stand (Jude Law) is making life even worse for Albert. But things take a sudden twist when Albert encounters a doorman three times, and becomes convinced that the heck with coincidence -- this is clearly a sign.

So he enlists a pair of existentialist detectives, Vivian and Bernard Jaffe (Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman), who believes that NOTHING happens by coincidence. Everything is connected, yada yada. As the detectives scrutinize Albert's life to find its meaning, the odd little trio encounter a conflicted fireman (Mark Wahlberg), a mysterious French woman, Caterine Vauban (Isabelle Huppert) whose philosophy is the polar opposite of the Jaffes'.

Imagine Charlie Kaufman pondering spiritual philosophy, and you've got the general tone of " I Heart Huckabees." It's got lines like "Have you ever transcended space and time?", but then dares to spin around and make fun of the very philosophies it ponders. Not many comedies with a message dare to do that.

But can a movie be funny and yet study the nature of existance and nothingness? Apparently it can. It's a weird little film, but it intends to be -- it's a mixture of philosophical navel-gazing and goofy comedy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful,Punishing,Awful!
How such a experienced selection of actors - who should have known better - and especially Isabelle Huppert - got involved with this dreadful film I know not! Read more
Published 8 months ago by DoDo Fan
1.0 out of 5 stars Forced pretense.
A stellar cast forced either at gunpoint or a hefty paycheck to utter such banality, and there is simply no time to digest the completely unconvincing narrative. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sofia L
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange
I was quite looking forward to watching this but I ended up finding it bizarre and it didn't hold my attention for long, ended up giving up on it.
Published 13 months ago by Bethany
1.0 out of 5 stars My defintion of hell is to be handcuffed forever to the writers, cast...
I bought this dvd because I'm a Dustin Hoffman fan, I heard the film was off beat and kooky, and photos showed Hoffman clowning in a goofy wig. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ronald Haak
5.0 out of 5 stars Existence and Shania
I have watched this film several times now and can honestly say that its original, intelligent and brilliant. Read more
Published on 11 May 2011 by j.r
5.0 out of 5 stars A strangely funny movie that is pretentious in an audience friendly...
A young man hires existential detectives to work out the meaning of a series of coincidences he's recently experienced. Read more
Published on 12 April 2011 by BS on parade
5.0 out of 5 stars I heart Huckabees review
Forget everything you know to be true, forget everything you might be told....when this product arrived in the post it was immaculate as a new born baby, my happiness is complete,... Read more
Published on 2 April 2010 by Peter Mclaren
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea.... Great Cast.... Very Disappointing Movie
If anyone sits through this film, hates it, and comes away wondering if they've missed some clever philosophical theme that's gone completely over their head, don't worry - it's... Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2009 by grrr-woof-hoot
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. I don't see how people can think otherwise.
This is in response to all the negative reviews i just read. Amazing idea, fantastic cast and it IS really funny. How anyone can think this is boring and meaningless is beyond me. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2008 by L. Page
5.0 out of 5 stars "You rock, rock!" Best existential screwball comedy about a blanket in...
This is just inspired filmmaking. Perfectly goofy, hilarious in many places and a complete delight. It's totally cohesive as a narrative and perfectly believable in its own way. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2008 by Chintan Nanavati
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