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I Heart Huckabees

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Starring: Jude Law, Dustin Hoffman
Director: David O. Russell
Rated: R
RunTime: 106 Minutes
Release Date: October 2004
Genre: Comedy

*Also starring: Jason Schwartzman, Isabelle Huppert, Lily Tomlin, Mark Wahlberg, Naomi Watts, Angela Grillo, Ger Duany, Darlene Hunt, Kevin Dunn, Benny Hernandez, Richard Appel

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Review by Steve Rhodes
1 star out of 4

Painfully unfunny, I HEART HUCKABEES is a ridiculous mess of a movie by David O. Russell. After his nearly universally acclaimed success with THREE KINGS, this pathetic picture will come as a real disappointment to his fans.

The story concerns one Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman), an environmentalist who is troubled by some recent coincidences in his life involving a Sudanese emigrant whom Albert has recently seen three times in different places. To answer the larger picture of what this means, Albert employees Bernard and Vivian, a pair of wacky existential detectives played hamily by Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin, to probe the meaning of Albert's place in the cosmos. Bernard and Vivian believe that everything is connected, so they spy on Albert wherever he goes, even in the bathroom, in order to decipher his mysteries. Isabelle Huppert plays Caterine Vauban, a rival of Bernard and Vivian's. Caterine believes nothing is connected, and life is just "random and cruel."

Talking a mile a minute, no one ever makes any sense, and there isn't a single interesting character in the movie, which also stars Jude Law, Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts. The film opens with a silly poem about a big rock and goes straight downhill from there.

"Boring, boring!" Angela (Angela Grillo) yells in protest during an environmentalist meeting chaired by Albert, as he reads another of those pompous little poems of his. Her taunts eventually drown him out. Don't be surprised if you similarly feel like booing from your seat to drown out this awful waste of time and talent. I had to restrain my fingers while writing this review. They kept wanting to type I HATE HUCKABEES, and who could blame them. They had to sit through it too.

I HEART HUCKABEES runs a long 1:46. It is rated R for "language and a sex scene" and would be acceptable for teenagers.

Copyright 2004 Steve Rhodes

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