January 23, 2006

I Heart Huckabees?

Anyone else here seen I Heart Huckabees? (imdb)

Maggie and I watched it this weekend and I came away thinking: “Huh?” I believe that reaction is probably at least partly the intention of the film makers.

Jason Schwartzman contracts two existential investigators (Lilly Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman) to explain a coincidence he’s experienced. They toss a bunch of psychobabble mumbo-jumbo at him while spying on him. A whole host of other characters are involved. Jude Law is something of a nemesis in the form of a shallow go-getter. Naomi Watts is Law’s girlfriend, the low self-esteem voice, face and body of Huckabees — a WalMart-like national store chain.

But I’m not sure the plot is all that important. All I really got out of it was a lot of amusing scenes of people saying things that sounded as though they thought they made sense. Pretty good comic timing is most of what it had going for it.

But I never really got a strong enough sense of whether they were making fun of the babble. Or whether there was a reason why it was worthy of being made fun of. I guess that means it was a very subtle joke. In the end, it’s a sort of fable, I guess.

I’d like to know if anyone else made any sense of it.

Posted by James at January 23, 2006 12:08 AM
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It's on my Netflix queue -- I'll let you know when I see it!

Posted by: Karen at January 23, 2006 8:36 AM

Loved it! Oddly, I can't think of anyone I would recommend it to, though. The juxtaposition of having really enjoyed it, yet being left with this aftertaste-feeling of "Huh?" seemed like a big part of the joke. It was effective.

Posted by: TCR at January 23, 2006 8:49 AM

I was curious about the movie, but didn't hear anything about it after it came out.

It says you posted this story on the 17th - I don't know how I didn't see it until today. Frown!

Posted by: Julie at January 23, 2006 9:42 AM

I actually posted it today. Software fsckup.

Posted by: James at January 23, 2006 10:28 AM

I saw it with Matthias and we both liked it, yet I don't think I'd want to see it again. Although I believe he would see it again. I enjoy discussing the mysterious/confusing parts of a movie afterward and Huckabees was chock full of discussion material. I also can't imagine who I'd recommend this movie too.

Posted by: Sharon at January 23, 2006 12:28 PM

It reminded me a little bit of "Being John Malkovich" - so I might recommend it to people who liked that.

But I liked "Malkovich" better.

Posted by: James at January 23, 2006 12:55 PM

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