A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
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Determined to solve the coincidence of seeing the same conspicuous stranger three times in a day, Albert hires a pair of existentialist detectives, who insist on spying on his everyday life while sharing their views on life and the nature of the universe. Written by
David O. Russell grew up in an atheist household which gave him a spiritual curiosity that traveled with him through his adult life. When he went to Columbia University, he studied religion under metaphysical philosopher Robert Thurman, father of Uma Thurman. His theories of the essential and indissoluble oneness of everything in the universe can be read into the exchanges between Jaffe and Jaffe, the existential detectives in the film, played by Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin. See more »
When Bernard hands Vivian the phone for an emergency call from Tommy, the phone is in the right direction. When Vivian receives it, however, the phone is upside down and Vivian begins talking into it without flipping it around. See more »
[Blurry shot of tree]
[Albert's thoughts are voiced aloud to us, but not the audience on camera]
Mother-fucking, cocksucker, mother-fucking, shit-fucker, what am I doing?
[Albert walks out from behind tree, towards camera. As he gets closer to the camera the scene comes into focus]
What am I doing? I don't know what I'm doing. I'm doing the best that I can. I know that's all I can ask of myself. Is that good enough? Is my work doing any good? Is anybody paying attention? Is it ...
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It isn't often that a movie provokes thought as well as laughter, but "I Heart Huckabees" manages to hit both marks.
This movie is about the search for answers to questions that most of the characters don't seem to know they're asking. And their guides along the way, deftly portrayed by Hoffman, Tomlin and Huppert stir the pot of confusion in this boiling mess of angst, deception and discontent. And it's funny! While the performances by Schwartzman, Law and Wahlberg (sounds like a law firm) were wonderful and engaging, the real star of this movie is the writing. It's very thoughtful without being heavy-handed. And the humor manages to take material that usually comes across as pretentious and makes it palatable for common-folk like myself.
This is a great movie if you're in the mood to revive in your mind the ultimate questions "who are we?", "what are we?", "why are we?" At the age of 41 I'd pretty much put those questions to bed, but it was fun to wake that sleeping part of myself and ponder while having a lot of laughs along the way.
See this movie.
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