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I Heart Huckabees

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Brilliant existential comedy is filled with sex, profanity.

Movie R 2004 106 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Existential questions served with humor

My 17-year-old and I really enjoyed this film. It raises the most profound life questions that all adults ultimately grapple with, but with humor and insight. Great plot, great acting, very entertaining.
age 14+

Hucabees: The everything movie

It takes a certain person to like this movie. First off you have to have a high tollerance to vulgar words(ie: c**k) and you have to understand the message. Also, if you want to watch it with kids DON"T! Other than the swears theres a sex scene between two characters. It's actually a funny, deep, and quirky movie when you get right down to it. See it but with an older child, a significant other, a friend or alone.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

There aren't many comedies about existentialism, and the brilliance of this movie is how it uses the form of the screwball comedy both to represent and explore existential themes. The movie has a sure sense of comic structure and timing, with classic comedy conventions such as high-speed dialogue, wild plot permutations, family craziness, over-reaction to trivial things, under-reaction to non-trivial things, some sharp satire about our consumer culture, a little slapstick, some terrible poetry, and of course a few romantic complications. I Heart Huckabees is clearly the product of someone who has waded through Teutonic philosophy and eastern mysticism and fortunately came out the other side with a sense of humor intact.

Director and co-screenwriter David O. Russell has a lot of fun playing with the classic philosophical dualities/debates. The difference between philosophy and art is that philosophy tries to deal with dichotomies in a logical and linear way, whereas art is free to ricochet back and forth between them like a pinball machine. Russell directs his crackerjack cast at top speed, and they all perform with buoyant conviction and pure comic energy that is delicious to watch. This is Law's best performance so far, stunning in its fearlessness and control of tone. He keeps Brad a character and not a caricature when he's at his most charming and when he begins to unravel.

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