6.6/10
60,743
387 user 186 critic

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

R | | Comedy | 22 October 2004 (USA)
Trailer
2:14 | Trailer
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.

Director:

David O. Russell
3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young man, his wife, and his incompetent case worker travel across country to find his birth parents.

Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Téa Leoni
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Raymond Aibelli is a promising medical student ready to begin a prestigious summer internship. But Susan, his mother, is immobilized by a broken leg, and his father Tom, a travelling ... See full summary »

Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Jeremy Davies, Alberta Watson, Elizabeth Newett
Three Kings (1999)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.

Director: David O. Russell
Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube
Soldiers Pay (2004)
Documentary | Short | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Filmmakers Tricia Regan, David O. Russell and Juan Carlos Zaldivar interview dozens of people about the 2004 Iraq war, including soldiers, journalists, politicians, psycholgists, and even a... See full summary »

Directors: Tricia Regan, David O. Russell, and 1 more credit »
Stars: David Dreier, Matt Novak
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, D.C., where sparks fly when she meets a clueless young senator who takes up her cause - but what happens when love interferes with what you stand for?

Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Jessica Biel, Raymond L. Brown Jr., Jenny Gulley
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze
Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener
Joy I (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper
Adaptation. (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Director: Spike Jonze
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper
Past Forward (2016)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Allison Williams, John Krasinski, Freida Pinto
Garden State (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.

Director: Zach Braff
Stars: Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman
Drama

Carlos Marcello and his possible involvement in the murder of JFK.

Director: David O. Russell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Schwartzman ... Albert Markovski
Isabelle Huppert ... Caterine Vauban
Dustin Hoffman ... Bernard
Lily Tomlin ... Vivian
Jude Law ... Brad Stand
Mark Wahlberg ... Tommy Corn
Naomi Watts ... Dawn Campbell
Angela Grillo Angela Grillo ... Angela Franco
Ger Duany ... Mr. Stephen Nimieri
Darlene Hunt ... Darlene
Kevin Dunn ... Marty
Ben Hernandez Bray ... Davy (as Benny Hernandez)
Richard Appel ... Josh
Benjamin Nurick ... Harrison
Jake Muxworthy ... Tim
Edit

Storyline

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 Benjamin Conway

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

An existential comedy

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a sex scene | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

22 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Love Huckabee's See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$292,177, 3 October 2004

Gross USA:

$12,785,432

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,094,909
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After getting into a huge fight with director David O. Russell during which he called her a c___, Lily Tomlin threw a tantrum for four minutes which would rival Christian Bale's on the set of Terminator Salvation a few years later, during which she would curse everyone out and drop the F bomb about twenty times. She "Baled Out", so to speak. The rant can be heard (and seen) on YouTube. See more »

Goofs

"Beethoven's String Quartet #14, Op. 151" is mentioned in the credits. There is no Op. 151. String Quartet #14 is Op. 131. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Albert Markovski: [Blurry shot of tree]
[Albert's thoughts are voiced aloud to us, but not the audience on camera]
Albert Markovski: 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]
Albert Markovski: 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 ...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

"How am I not myself?" See more »

Connections

References The Mask (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

JB's Blues
Written by Jon Brion
Score material based on this and other songs
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Being (silly) and nothingness...
22 November 2004 | by majikstlSee all my reviews

Giving credence to the phrase "everything old is new again." I HEART HUCKABEES is a pleasing throwback to the 1960's. Not unlike Mike Myers's pop-edelic Austin Powers sagas, HUCKABEES is as much a taste of nostalgia as it is a pleasurable respite from the blood-soaked Quentin Tarantino legacy of the 1990's (which fittingly enough is little more than a dirtied up version of the tough-guy B-movies of the 1950's).

At any rate, HUCKABEES is a clear descendant of films like MORGAN!, LORD LOVE A DUCK, YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW, HAROLD AND MAUDE, not to mention THE GRADUATE and a variety of other films that feature disillusioned young men trying to find meaning to life and purpose in existence in a world of absurdity. Not surprisingly, I suppose, once again America is in a troubled war, political protest is almost tiresomely routine and society is defined by extreme political, social and ethical differences. At a time when we are bombarded from an untold number of sources about how we should talk, think and act (left-wing politically correct conformity strangely mirroring the right-wing cold war conformity of the 1950's), HUCKABEES turns to a radically old-fashioned concept: Go figure it out for yourself.

In a press release for HUCKABEES, director David O. Russell writes "Philosophy interests me only insofar as it is practical and makes people feel more alive and open -- not closed." As such HUCKABEES doesn't seem so much aimed at presenting Russell's personal philosophy so much as musing over some of the possibilities. The film revolves around Albert Markovski (played by Jason Schwartzman, as sort of Russell's surrogate), a not-particularly-successful environmentalist. Albert has a rivalry with/ friendship to /hatred of /crush on Brad Strand (Jude Law), a corporate cog who works for Huckabees, a Wal-Mart-like chain wanting to place a new store on a plot of landscape that Albert is doing a rather poor job of protecting. For different reasons, they both turn to "existential detectives" Bernard and Vivian Jaffe, (Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin), who presumably investigate/stalk their clients to figure out what makes them tick. Basically, Bernard and Vivian are a conscience for hire. Hot on Bernard and Vivian's heels is Caterine Vauban (Isabell Huppert), an ex-pupil turned rival, who is bent on spreading the word that life is meaningless and valueless.

In battling for Albert's psyche, if not his soul, the two factions offer conflicting views of the world. Bernard argues that life is a blanket, one interconnecting fabric of existence where all things are related. Caterine offers a world of random chaos where values are arbitrary. Being versus nothingness. Responsibility versus indifference. Hope versus despair. Light versus dark. Good versus evil.

As philosophy, it is probably pretty simplistic, but philosophy isn't the point so much as the absurdity of life which makes it so difficult to keep one's bearings. If Albert (and Russell) never quite cut through the chaos and ultimately only find peace through compromise, that is probably the best anyone can really hope for. But like any movie (or mystery or therapy) the ending is possibly not necessarily as important as the journey getting there. Which is a good thing for HUCKABEES because the film gradually peters out, but it is an unpredictable ride, shared with oddball characters, while it lasts.

And it is something of a sentimental journey. I doubt it is entirely a coincidence that Schartzman bears more than a passing resemblance to a youthful Hoffman (in a Beatles' haircut, no less), whose performance in THE GRADUATE will forever grant him iconic status as a symbol of the 1960's. HUCKABEES echoes many of the themes from that 1968 landmark film: the questioning of prevailing values, battling consumerism, searching for identity and, last but not least, seduction by an older woman.

Though not entirely successful, there is something just so wonderfully refreshing about I HEART HUCKABEES. It is a film that tries to be about ideas, without being self-consciously pretentious, like Woody Allen. It flirts with the sweetness of a Spielberg film, but in the humanistic style of a Robert Altman, but without his souring streak of cynicism. But most of all it stays miles away from the cold-blooded nihilism of Scorsese, Tarantino and the bunch. This is a film without villains, only comrades who, to one degree or another, are searching for peace of mind.


153 of 245 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 387 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed