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I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Charlie Kaufman Should Sue
David O. Russell seems a bit of a fink to me.. each film he comes out with is capitalising on a current trend. In this case, he has a go at Charlie Kaufman-style 'oddball' movies, but not as a parody of such, just getting in on the act to be critically acclaimed or whatever (if he was doing it to make money like with 3 kings, I think he picked the wrong genre this time).
The film is entertaining enough, in a Sunday afternoon distraction kinda way. Nothing to taxing on the brain. Which is a shame, as it seems to WANT to be something more than it is. Not that there's anything wrong with a no-brainer, it's just a no-brainer disguised as a sophisticated intellectual comedy must be regarded with some dubiety..
Jason Schwartzman is great in this, as always, Dustin Hoffman is on 'kinda mental' mode (which is always fun) and some of the other actors are good- but Marky Mark is sleeping through the movie.. he seems confused (which doesn't fit with his character, so it can't be acting), and the less said about Jude Law's bizarre Christopher Walken impression, the better.
Like I say- not bad, just don't expect too much.