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- Disc One:
- Full-length audio commentary by D. Russell
- Full-length audio commentary by D. Russell, Jason Schwartzman, Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts
- Disc Two:
- Production documentary
- "The Charlie Rose Show" interview with D. Russell
- 22 deleted/extended scenes
- Detective infomercial
- Music video: "Knock Yourself Out" by Jon Brion with behind-the-scenes footage and optional commentary by D. Russell
- Closed Captioned
Five years after achieving commercial and critical success with his film Three Kings, director and screenwriter David O. Russell returns to the more idiosyncratic territory of his earlier work with this intelligent and offbeat comedy. Bernard and Vivian Jaffe (Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin) are a married couple who run an existential detective agency where they sift through the lives of their clients in order to discover the source of their angst. The Jaffes' latest client is Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman), an environmental activist who has a very large rock and a great deal on his mind; their study of Albert's problems lead Bernard and Vivian to Brad Stand (Jude Law), a public relations executive with a chain of successful variety stores, Huckabees. While publicly allying himself with Albert's environmental initiatives, behind the scenes Brad is running roughshod over responsible land management with little care for the consequences. When Brad learns he's being watched by the Jaffes, he hopes to co-opt them by hiring them himself; however, the plan has unexpected consequences when their questioning leads Brad's girlfriend, well-scrubbed model Dawn (Naomi Watts), into reassessing her life and relationships. Meanwhile, Albert finds himself joining forces with Tommy (Mark Wahlberg), a firefighter and fellow environmentalist who has been having second thoughts about Bernard and Vivian's ideas and methods after a long-term investigation and has since fallen under the spell of nihilist poet and philosopher Caterine Vauban (Isabelle Huppert). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Albert Markovski
- Caterine Vauban
- Bernard Jaffe
- Vivian Jaffe
- Brad Stand
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Posted by: backrowreviews
04/28/2008I went into "I (Heart) Huckabees" fearing that it would turn out to be nothing more than a second-rate, Charlie-Kaufman-wannabe journey into pointless weirdness-for-weirdness'-sake. I left the theater thinking it is one of the very best movies of the year.
Any description of the "Huckabees" plot is guaranteed to make this film sound absurd, bizarre, convoluted and intellectually preposterous. All of which it is, but in a good way.
Director/writer David O. Russell has created a thoroughly entertaining head trip that pretty much covers all that anyone could want to know about life, the universe and everything (as the saying goes). And the score by Jon Brion (who also did the honors for "Eternal Sunshine") is wonderful: simple, evocative, slightly offbeat and absolutely essential to the movie.
Jason Schwartzman is an angry, disheveled environmentalist who is being squeezed out of his own "Open Spaces" organization by gladhanding slickee-boy Jude Law, who works within the Huckabees department store empire that is encroaching on a local marsh. Schwartzman enlists two "existential detectives" (Lily Tomlin and a fright-wigged Dustin Hoffman) to explain coincidences that he says are befalling him, and to make some sense of his rapidly deteriorating life. Meanwhile, firefighter Mark Wahlberg is having a crisis of faith over society's refusal to give up petroleum, and Huckabees spokesmodel Naomi Watts decides she wants to dress like an Amish woman in the company's TV ads. And then there is Isabelle Huppert, a nihilist French rival to Tomlin and Hoffman who has her own ideas about how to get people in touch with their personal realities...ideas which primarily involve getting hit in the face.
If that paragraph hasn't scared you away from buying this DVD, you will be in for a genuine treat. "I (Heart) Huckabees" is brainy but ridiculous, and wacky fun that sometimes is actually moving. It is a genuine one-of-a-kind experience.
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