I Heart Huckabees

I Heart Huckabees

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Director: David O. Russell

Cast: David O. Russell, Jason Schwartzman, Isabelle Huppert, Dustin Hoffman

     
 

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David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees frustrated some critics and audience members with its combination of screwball comedy pacing and lengthy conversations about complex philosophical theories. On this DVD, the director explains in great detail what he was trying to achieve during both his solo commentary track and during the track he recorded with cast membersSee more details below

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David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees frustrated some critics and audience members with its combination of screwball comedy pacing and lengthy conversations about complex philosophical theories. On this DVD, the director explains in great detail what he was trying to achieve during both his solo commentary track and during the track he recorded with cast members Jason Schwartzman, Mark Wahlberg, and Naomi Watts. Although rumors persisted that there were problems on the set between the director and some of the actors, one would never know it from listening to these actors discuss the enjoyment they felt working on the film. The image is presented in both a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a standard full-frame image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. This is a very good disc, but a deluxe edition with additional extras is also available.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Unconventional comedies always risk alienating viewers if they are too self-aware, too iconoclastic, or too precious. I Heart Huckabees manages to satisfy while being all three, thanks to a quirky script, David O. Russell’s insouciant direction, and the deft performances of a star-studded ensemble cast. The story -- and we use the word “story” lightly -- opens with environmental activist Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman) hiring husband-and-wife “existential detectives” Bernard (Dustin Hoffman) and Vivian (Lily Tomlin) to investigate recurring coincidences in his life. Albert gets megastore chain Huckabees to underwrite his cause, though it's apparent smooth-talking executive Brad Stand (Jude Law) has done so only to create a caring façade for the company. Meanwhile, Brad has a thing for model Dawn Campbell (Naomi Watts), the face of Huckabees in TV commercials and print ads. Their relationship hits a bad patch right around the time Albert shows up at a corporate meeting with newfound friend Tommy Corn (Mark Wahlberg), a burned-out firefighter and fellow client of the existential detectives. Is your head spinning yet? Don’t expect Huckabees to make sense; it’s not that kind of movie. The “gags” are cerebral, and Russell’s actors, who seem to be having the time of their lives, deliver them with a loony, deadpan charm. Some people are likely to find this film off-putting, but we recommend Huckabees because it’s getting tougher to find comedies that force their viewers to think and don’t rely on toilet humor for cheap laughs. The film may not be totally successful, but it’s certainly daring and provocative -- qualities rarely ascribed to contemporary comedies.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
David O. Russell's second film, the woefully underrated comedy Flirting With Disaster, was a comedy about a man searching for his identity that he defined by his family. Russell's I Heart Huckabees actually has the same basic conflict at its center, but instead of defining identity through family, the film follows characters who are trying to define themselves in terms of the universe. Although these topics have obsessed philosophers and others since the beginning of thought, Russell pares these weighty issues down to one central question: Is everything in the world connected, or is everything in the world separate? Dustin Hoffman, in a character based on the influential Robert Thurman, personifies the "everything is connected" school of thought. His performance as the rumpled existential detective has a childlike wonder mixed with the confidence that comes with wisdom. It is an engaging performance that deserves a better character. The same is true of all the actors. The performers are working hard, and are watchable, but they all seem to play characters that are concepts rather than three-dimensional people. While the plot points in the film feel configured by the writer to prove a point rather than to illuminate character, the actual dialogue sparkles with intelligence, wit, and silliness. Flirting With Disaster and Three Kings both had strong social and political themes but never sacrificed character in order to make those points. The individual scenes in I Heart Huckabees all work well, getting laughs and distilling complicated theories into easy-to-understand nuggets, but for the first time in his impressive career, Russell has overwritten a script. For a film that seeks to teach life lessons, Huckabees needs a bit more real life.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
UPC:
0024543169482
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
57,191

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by D. Russell; Full-length audio commentary by D. Russell, Jason Schwartzman, Mark Wahlberg, and Naomi Watts

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Schwartzman Albert Markovski
Isabelle Huppert Caterine Vauban
Dustin Hoffman Bernard Jaffe
Lily Tomlin Vivian Jaffe
Jude Law Brad Stand
Mark Wahlberg Tommy Corn
Naomi Watts Dawn Campbell
Angela Grillo Angela Franco
Kevin Dunn Marty
Tippi Hedren Mary Jane Hutchinson
Jean Smart Mrs. Hooten
Talia Shire Mrs. Silver
Bob Gunton Mr. Silver
Altagracia Guzman Mrs. Echevarria
Saïd Taghmaoui Translator
Shania Twain Herself
Ger Duany Mr. Nimieri
Darlene Hunt Darlene
Benny Hernandez Davy
Richard Appel Josh
Benjamin Nurick Harrison
Jake Muxworthy Tim
Pablo Davanzo Bobby
Matthew Muzio Construction Worker
Shawn Michael Patrick Fireman
Patrick Walsh Fireman
Ashley A. Fondrevay Frosh Girl
Lisa Guzman Frosh Girl
Scott Wannberg Bik Schottinger
Sydney Zarp Cricket
Jonah Hill Bret
Denis Hayes Orrin Spence
Matthew Grillo-Russell Boy at Mancala Hour
Janet Grillo Boy's Mother
Adam Clinton Security Guard
Antonio Evans Security Guard
Robert Lambert Daryl
Isla Fisher Heather
Kimberly Cutter Corporate Board
John Rothman Corporate Board
Kamala Lopez-Dawson Molly Corn
Saige Ryan Campbell Caitlin Corn
Kaied Hussan Turkish Man
Chuck Saftler Dexicorp Attorney
James J. Mccoy Medic
George Meyer Formal Couple
Maria Semple Formal Couple
Jerry Schumacher Corporate Man
Julie Ann Johnson Lady in Gown
Jeannie Epper-Kimack Lady in Gown
Keith Barrett Maitre'd
Jake Hoffman Valet

Technical Credits
David O. Russell Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jeff Baena Screenwriter
KK Barrett Production Designer
Bobby Bell Executive Producer
Joey Box Stunts
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Brion Score Composer
Anne Chatterton Stunts
Lynn Christopher Set Decoration/Design
Henry Cline Camera Operator
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Tom Dewier Stunts
Danny Downey Stunts
Richard Eberhardt Editor
Gregory Goodman Producer
Sean Graham Stunts
Mike Griffin Editor
Michael Kamper Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kuhn Executive Producer
Robert Lambert Editor
Creative License Musical Direction/Supervision
Seth Reed Art Director
Michael Rooney Choreography
Scott Rudin Producer
Ray Siegle Stunts
Soundelux Sound Editor
Mary Vernieu Casting
Amy Vincent Camera Operator
Tim Walston Sound/Sound Designer
Lois C. Weinert Camera Operator
Dara Weintraub Executive Producer
Mary Ellen Woods Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Side A: Pan and Scan
1. You Rock, Rock [:25]
2. Vivian & Bernard Jaffe [3:22]
3. The Blanket [4:16]
4. The Investigation Begins [:38]
5. Tommy's Crisis [4:13]
6. Brad, Dawn & Huckabees [3:54]
7. How to Save the Marsh [:29]
8. He Chopped Her Head Off [3:34]
9. Brad, Albert & The Detectives [:07]
10. Albert Meets His Other [3:04]
11. The African Guy's Family [2:45]
12. Albert & Tommy Kicked Out [2:21]
13. Caterine Vauban [2:36]
14. Home oft he Coincidence [2:29]
15. Tiny Particles vs. Tiny Cracks [2:09]
16. Quantity Not Quality [4:01]
17. The Ball Thing [3:56]
18. Miss Huckabees Goes Down [2:52]
19. Human Drama, Tommy [3:14]
20. How Am I Not Myself? [2:16]
21. Destruction/Creation [2:06]
22. Convergence [4:36]
23. No Manure, No Magic [:38]
24. End Titles [1:45]
Side #2 -- Side B: Widescreen
1. You Rock, Rock [:25]
2. Vivian & Bernard Jaffe [3:22]
3. The Blanket [4:16]
4. The Investigation Begins [:38]
5. Tommy's Crisis [4:13]
6. Brad, Dawn & Huckabees [3:54]
7. How to Save the Marsh [:29]
8. He Chopped Her Head Off [3:34]
9. Brad, Albert & The Detectives [:07]
10. Albert Meets His Other [3:04]
11. The African Guy's Family [2:45]
12. Albert & Tommy Kicked Out [2:21]
13. Caterine Vauban [2:36]
14. Home oft he Coincidence [2:29]
15. Tiny Particles vs. Tiny Cracks [2:09]
16. Quantity Not Quality [4:01]
17. The Ball Thing [3:56]
18. Miss Huckabees Goes Down [2:52]
19. Human Drama, Tommy [3:14]
20. How Am I Not Myself? [2:16]
21. Destruction/Creation [2:06]
22. Convergence [4:36]
23. No Manure, No Magic [:38]
24. End Titles [1:45]

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