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I Heart Huckabees

Year: 2005
Director: David O Russell
Writer: David O Russell
Cast: Jason Schwarzman, Mark Wahlberg, Jude Law, Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Naomi Watts, Isabelle Huppert, Kevin Dunn
David O Russell trod a very familiar indie director path, with a small scale but charming coming of age drama (Spank the Monkey), a much more confident indie studio picture with big names but still an irreverent flair (Three Kings), and now, an over the top wank that's too smart for its own good and disappears up its own arse.

Maybe after five viewings you'd start to understand exactly what was going on. The appeal to many critics (and fans, most likely) is just the delightful wackiness, but I like to know what's happening and being said, and this 'existential comedy' was too existential to make sense except in small snippets.

An ensemble cast of characters (who all do a great job) become mixed up in the battle to understand the importance and futility of existence, none of them talking much sense or behaving with very much purpose, and the result is unfunny and confusing.

It is however the first time Mark Wahlberg has shown any passion in a role in a very long time.

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