I Heart Huckabees Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jason Schwartman, Jude Law, Mark Wahlberg, Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Naomi Watts, Isabelle Huppert

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Albert Markovski (Schwartzman) is a frazzled and depressed environmentalist in Southern California who heads the Open Space Coalition and hopes to preserve a marsh, but so far has only succeeded in saving a boulder in the middle of it. Albert also likes to read his bad poems at the media events to which no press shows up. He links up with Brad Stand (Law), the slick and ambitious young executive of the Huckabees clothing retail chain, in order to get some leverage for the project.
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Huckabees doesn't care at all about the environment, but wants to shore up its lousy image by seeming to care. Puzzled by some coincidences in his life, Albert consults the "existential detectives," an older married couple named Vivian (Tomlin) and Bernard (Hoffman) who spy on their clients everywhere and espouse a theory of the connectedness of everything. They pair up Albert with Tommy Corn (Wahlberg), a firefighter who is so obsessed with American petroleum consumption that his wife has left him and taken the kids.

Eventually, Albert and Tommy become suspicious of Vivian and Bernard's methods, and drift toward one of their former disciples, the cool and svelte French theorist Caterine Vauban (Huppert), who focuses on the nothingness and meaninglessness of everything. Meanwhile, Brad's live-in girlfriend, the perky model Dawn Campbell (Watts), becomes disenchanted with her role as the voice and body of Huckabees, while Brad is obsessed with his job, stealing the Open Space Coalition from Albert, and arranging a media blowout with Shania Twain. This 2004 comedy is witty and quirky, and the actors work hard, but it may leave many viewers puzzled and cold.
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Script Analysis of I Heart Huckabees

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   tree-huggers/environmentalists Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   very deep philosophy-of-life stuff

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing nude male butt Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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