Thursday, January 29, 2009

MOVIE: I Heart Huckabees

I Heart Huckabees is touted as a comedy. I think it is more of an odd infomercial. The plot centers around Albert (Jason Schwartzman) trying to solve the riddle of why he sees a mysterious stranger three times in one day. He hires Bernard (Dustin Hoffman) and Vivian (Lily Tomlin,) a pair of existentialist detectives. They make Albert sign a blood oath which allows them to spy on his every move. And when he catches them, they wax philosophical on their views on life, nature, and reality.
Aside from would-be philosophers, I don't think this film will attract many followers.  The actors (Hoffman & Tomlin) are top notch, but they can't raise the dead. The story is briefly interesting, but quickly tedious. The dialog is frequently stilted. And the directing is average, at best.
It's like a crash course in modern philosophy. Not something I'd recommend to anyone but the overly curious. Avoid showing it to a date or to kids. Unless you want to go to bed alone or put the children to sleep early.

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