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I Heart Huckabees, a Philosopher’s Riot

Paul Ambrose
Paul Ambrose
Recommended: I heart huckabees
Recommended: I heart huckabees

For all you ‘seekers of Enlightenment’ who never learned how to laugh at your own foibles, Dustin Hoffman and Mark Wahlberg team up with Jason Schwartzman in this recent side-splitter that will send you roaring through 90+ minutes of non-stop philosophical humor like you’ve never seen before.

I Heart Huckabees is a masterpiece of spiritual comedy and hits a homerun in both genres. Let’s not forget the great role of Jude Law as the head of the Huckabees Corporation who first tries to stifle the good intentions of our spiritual hero ‘Albert Markovski’ (played by Schwartzman).  There is also the ever-seductive presence of his heart-throb dream girl Naomi Watts as the ‘Face of Huckabees’.

In this incredibly deep, yet hilarious plot, Albert first visits the ‘Existential Detectives’ (played by Hoffman and Lily Tomlin) to discover the hidden meaning behind a string of ‘coincidences’.  “I’m not exactly sure I know what you do here.” Markovski says as he hopes to finally learn the meaning of life, the Universe, the ‘Big One’.  Albert is then given the ‘blanket truth’ during his initial visit where he discovers that he must see the Universe as totally ‘connected’ and learn to dismantle his identity to finally reach his own true happiness.  

“I have to go in there?” Markovski protests. “What’s going to happen to me in there?”  As the detective (played by Hoffman) explains “You’ll find out!” Things are thrown into overdrive as Albert enters the maze of his own mind and things don’t go quite that easy as he is soon introduced to Tommy Corn (played by Wahlberg) who steers him down a wrong road in pursuit of the ‘dark lady of philosophy’ known as ‘Catherine Vauban’. 

Catherine leads the two young students through a series of challenges and confrontations in their pursuits with the Huckabees Corporation which lead to an eventual climax sure to be a side-splitter for any intellectual with an interest in those things ‘all spiritual and deep’.

I Heart Huckabees is the sleeper of the decade for those of you who may have appreciated other deep comedies like ‘Being John Malkovich’ and ‘The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’.  Mark Wahlberg is an especially refreshing bright spot in this movie which is reminiscent of his role in ‘Boogie Nights’ as the sensitive tough guy, fireman with PTSD.

Don’t miss I Heart Huckabees which will have your head spinning for weeks before you finally wrap your mind around this multi-dimensional comedy of hallucinogenic proportions.

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