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I Heart Huckabees (2004)

R | | Comedy | 22 October 2004 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Albert Markovski
... Caterine Vauban
... Bernard
... Vivian
... Brad Stand
... Tommy Corn
... Dawn Campbell
Angela Grillo ... Angela Franco
... Mr. Stephen Nimieri
... Darlene
... Marty
... Davy (as Benny Hernandez)
... Josh
... Harrison
... Tim
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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 Benjamin Conway

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An existential comedy

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Comedy

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

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22 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Love Huckabee's  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$292,177, 3 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,784,713, 20 February 2005
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2.35 : 1
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In March 2007, two videos appeared on the Internet showing on-set arguments between David O. Russell and Lily Tomlin. In one video, during filming of the office scene, Tomlin was annoyed at his direction, and Russell snapped, calling Tomlin several foul names and knocked over parts of the set. Dustin Hoffman can be seen walking away, hoping not to get involved. In the other video, while filming a scene in a car, Tomlin screams obscenities at Russell and gives him the middle finger. She also screams at Hoffman and Naomi Watts when they ask her to continue the scene. The car scene is not in the film. In an interview with the New York Times, Tomlin said "Adults have fights and go through stuff. I know some people are more dignified in the world, that if you transgress against that kind of professionalism, that it's some kind of great sin, but I don't see it that way." See more »

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When Brad rises from his desk after telling Vivian and Bernard to shut up, his blue shirt is clearly wet. But Brad doesn't get his shirt wet until the next scene in the men's room. See more »

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[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 ...
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"How am I not myself?" See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.43 (2012) See more »

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Man! I Feel Like a Woman!
Written by Shania Twain and Robert John Lange
Performed by Shania Twain
Courtesy of Mercury Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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B.Y.O.A (Bring Your Own Angst)
2 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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