Directed by David O Russell, starring Jason Schwartzman, Isabelle Huppert, Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jude Law, Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts.
Prepare for a journey into the unknown, as existential detectives tackle human coincidences in the hope of discovering the true meaning of life. It's a bumpy, but ultimately very pleasant, journey.
'I Heart Huckabees' is nothing if not complicated. Eco-warrior type Albert Markovski (Schwartzman) has reached a crossroads in life. Fighting against the takeover of a beautiful piece of countryside by retail giant Huckabees and its smart and funny frontman Brad Stand (Law), is not as rewarding as it promised to be. Suddenly, out of the blue, Albert becomes obsessed with a coincidence in his everyday life that he believes has great significance for him.
An African doorman who appears to turn up wherever Albert goes must be tracked down, but hiring existential detectives Bernard (Hoffman) and Vivian (Tomlin) may not have been his brightest idea yet. Conspicuous does not even begin to describe the work of the duo, who follow their subjects around night and day peering through windows and cycling alongside them as they go about their daily business.
Their investigation into Albert's complicated life leads them on a series of hilarious adventures and inspires encounters with some very odd characters. Among the funniest is the eternally questioning Tommy Corn (Wahlberg), who leaves his family high and dry because he has been led to believe that nothing really exists. Wahlberg takes on the role with an enthusiasm and charm that brims over, stealing the spotlight from leading man Schwartzman.
With the meddling of rival existential wonderworker Caterine Vauban (Huppert) and the interference of perfect team-player Brad, Albert hadn't bargained on things getting quite so out of hand. And then there's Brad's girlfriend Dawn (Watts), the voice of Huckabees, who has also come under the powerful influences of the alternative detectives with very funny consequences.
When Tommy steps in to help the downtrodden Albert out all his prayers might finally be answered as the pair make for the most insulting, unstoppable double-act, rubbing everyone up the wrong way. 'I Heart Huckabees' is a bizarre, but very entertaining, film - ridiculous in parts, but that only serves to enhance the viewing pleasure.