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I Heart Huckabees

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Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
5.39 /10
Albert: Jason Schwartzman , Bernard: Dustin Hoffman
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Directed by: David O. Russell
Written by: David O. Russell and Jeff Baena

Released: 2004
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 105

A long-haired ecologist-poet (Jason Schwartzman) sets out to discover the meaning of life and enlists the aid of two existentialist detectives (Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin, pictured left and right). Thatís right, existentialist detectives.They investigate him philosophically (donít ask) and come to the conclusion that he has an alter ego in Brad Stand (Jude Law), a super-confident yuppie with a beautiful blonde, model girl-friend (Naomi Watts). Our hero is then mentored by a perpetually angry fireman (Mark Wahlberg), who in turn introduces him to a French nihilist detective (Isabelle Huppert) who seduces him both carnally and intellectually.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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I Heart Huckabees is one of the most insufferable follies of the year and, were it not for the star names involved, it would be unreleasable. Writer-director David O. Russell has made one excellent comedy, Flirting With Disaster, and an interestingly offbeat war movie, Three Kings. Even his first effort, Spanking the Monkey, showed some raw talent. So it pains me to report that his fourth film is an unqualified disaster.

Perhaps Charlie Kaufman (who wrote Adaptation and Being John Malkovich) might have carried these ideas off and created something dramatic, funny or at least interesting, but Russell is embarrassingly far out of his intellectual depth. Heís pretentious whenever he attempts to sound intelligent, annoying when he tries to be funny, and he draws from his cast performances of such horrifying complacency that it would be a kindness to strike it from their resumes.

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