I Heart Huckabees
Special guest reviewer: Mr. Smiley!
Mr. Smiley's rating:
Like having an orgasm and saving the whales, all at the same time!
After Sartre created existentialism, some people said that he was a real downer and that his philosophy was no fun, but director David O. Russell has made existentialism the feel-good philosophy of 2004 and proven all those poo-pooers completely wrong. Existentialism is loads of fun! It's a blast and made me so happy, and you know what I do when I'm happy! That's right: I smile.
Now, the thing about existentialism that might seem a little gloomy is that if you think about your particular situation for too long, whatever it may be, you can kind of get down because existentialism posits that existence is essence. So, Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman), the main character in this film, kind of gets upset about his life and some coincidences that seem to be happening, and goes to Bernard (Dustin Hoffman) and Vivian (Lily Tomlin), who claim to be existential detectives. Doesn't that sound neat?
The thing to remember here is that so many people in this film are focusing on the negative. Albert works for an open space coalition and is trying to save some land from development by a store named Huckabees. He has a conflict with one of its employees, Brad (Jude Law). It's really this conflict that drives Albert to Bernard and Vivian. So, while he's letting Bernard and Vivian figure out the meaning of his life, he's introduced to Tommy Corn (Mark Wahlberg), another patient with similar issues. Tommy begins to give up on Bernard and Vivian's message of hope and turns to Caterine Vauban (Isabelle Huppert), who has a message of hopelessness. Tommy begins to believe that nothing matters and that our lives our meaningless.
I'm here to tell you that it isn't true: Our lives are full of meaning and that's why this film is so wonderful, because through Tommy's character, you begin to see exactly why. Tommy is always focusing on the negative and if you're like Tommy, you're bound to be sad. However, if you do exactly the opposite of what Tommy does, you'll be happy, and since I know everybody watching this film will realize that, this film made me happy.
So, what did I learn from this film? I learned not to think about life too much and to focus on the little things that make me smile: Paris Hilton carrying around that cute little dog of hers, candy corn, an autumn leaf that's blowing in the breeze, and how very funny this film was. I also really liked that Naomi Watts is in this film. She's so very talented because she's from Australia but does an American accent here. Also, I remember her from the movie "Mulholland Drive" where she was naked and that gave me a boner and boners make me smile. They're wonderful, like Christmas, hugs and puppy dogs.
This movie is called "I Heart Huckabees," but I think the "Heart" should really be "Love" and that's exactly how I felt about this film. You don't have a heart if you don't just love "I Heart Huckabees"!
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