Sunday, January 16, 2011

Short Review: I Heart Huckabees (David O. Russell, 2004)

I Heart Huckabees is a very odd philosophical comedy from co-writer/producer and director David O. Russell (Three Kings and the soon-to-be-released The Fighter). The story follows Existential Detectives Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman as they obsessively survey and investigate a series of troubled clients, including Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts, as they struggle through inexplicable coincidences and overlapping crises that plague their existential understandings. While it gets some points for originality and for its thought-provoking theories on human existence, it is indescribably eccentric, fast talking and near incomprehensible. With such a talented lineup of stars, which also included Isabelle Huppert, I guess I expected more. Though far from memorable, Law's Shania Twain/mayo story was indeed hilarious, and the score was quite addictive.

My Rating: 2 1/2 Stars

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