Monday, March 3, 2008

Orange On the Aisle: I Heart Huckabees

I feel like I Heart Huckabees is one of those love or hate movies. That's what you get with a movie about existential detectives following around an environmental activist, a corporate guy from a Target-type store, his model girlfriend, and a firefighter with identity issues but who's very sure using petroleum is wrong, even if it means riding a bike to a fire.

It starts out with the Jason Schwartzman character asking existential detectives Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman for help explaining a coincidence of seeing the same African door man three times in a day. From there the philosophy and therapy on the run ensues.

For no other reason check Huckabees out for Mark Wahlberg, who is crazy but awesome as Tommy Corn the firefighter. Director and co-writer David O. Russell, as with Three Kings, also inserts some special effects bits that are pretty cool. The whole cast is good, but Wahlberg steals it.

Not for daily viewing, but I liked it a lot.

— 4 out of 5 dodgeballs

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