I Heart Huckabees – Edited
This ensemble comedy is about a married couple, the Jaffes (Hoffman, Tomlin), who work as detectives, helping people solve existential crises in their lives. For those not familiar with the philosophy-based term of “existential crisis”, some examples of such a crises would be a “mid-life crisis”, a “what am I doing with my life?” sort of hang up, “my life has been a mistake”, “my whole life is a joke”, etc. Their first client in this movie is Albert Markovski (Schwartzman), who is experiencing angst because of his position at Huckabee’s, a popular chain of retail stores. Investigating his workplace, the Jaffes take on one of Albert’s coworkers, Brad Stand (Law) as a client as well, which leads them to investigate his girlfriend, Dawn Campbell (Watts), who is the spokesmodel in the Huckabees TV commercials. Meanwhile, Albert teams up with an existential firefighter (Wahlberg) and a French radical (Huppert) out of frustration with the idea that the Jaffes are helping the very man who seems to be part of Albert’s existential crisis.
I didn’t really get this movie. But from what I gather, this movie is all about finding yourself and your true happiness. There are two “organizations” that are hired out to people who need “existential” help. What they do is follow you around and take notes on your life and eventually try to help you see what you are either missing or what there is too much of. This is the edited version. In the original, there is a sex scene and tons of language, but there is nothing offensive in the edited version. The movie, though, just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.