in about 100 words or less
US 106m, Colour
Director: David O. Russell; Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg, Isabelle Huppert
Reminiscent of Wes Anderson films, I ♥ Huckabees is a bizarre comedy with a witty script featuring entertainingly offbeat performances by a terrific ensemble cast. In hiring “existential detectives”, Albert Markovski hopes to discover the meaning of his life after faced with a series of unexplained coincidences while fighting to maintain his position as the head of an organization dedicated to maintaining green spaces in urban environments. Despite the largely nonsensical plot, the pseudo-philosophical dialogue and the highly improbable New Age treatments are a wonderful distraction in this delightfully stylized film filled with engaging and enigmatic characters which are increasingly entertaining to deconstruct with repeated viewings (Klaus Ming April 2011).