I Love Huckabees
Plot Outline: A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
“How come we only ask ourselves the really big questions when something bad happens?”
“If the forms of this world die, which is more real, the me that dies or the me that's infinite? Can I trust my habitual mind or do I need to learn to look beneath those things?”
This movie is full of so many good quotes, Supa could hardly contain herself! And honestly, she didn’t think there was a movie that could come along and rival the other existential flics like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or What The Bleep Do We Know, but it’s happened. To think Supa stayed away from this movie so long because of the corny title. Tragic.
At any rate, I Heart (Love) Huckabees is an existential comedy/satire, and I gotta say, this is one of the most hilarously innovative and thought-provoking movies to hit Hollywood in quite awhile. It’s got some great performances, a bomb soundtrack, and it tackles the question folks really want to know – what is the meaning of my life? Or – is life simply meaningless; identity an illusion; and are we all simply atoms within an infinite universe caught up in a never-ending cycle?
Don’t know about you, but Supa Sister loves any book or movie that (fiction or non) tackles philosophy, quantam physics, metaphysical studies, and ‘what-am-I-really-supposed-to-be-doing-here on-planet-earth’ kind of thought processes.
This movie has a clever premise: imagine if you hired an existential detective agency to track your every movement, thought, internal conversation, etc., and forced you to analyze all those things, in order to help you discover the true meaning of your life? What ensues in this movie, as we watch each character try to “figure out” their lives, is pure comedy and dramatic gold.
“There's nothing too small. You know when police find the slightest piece of DNA and build a case on it? If we see you floss or masturbate, that could be the key to your entire reality.”
Albert was one of my favorite characters. He instantly won my heart, because he’s the neurotic poet. And one of his classically delivered lines sounds like an internal monologue Supa has going on inside her head 90% of the time:
“Motherfucking cocksucker motherfucking shit fucker what am I doing? What am I doing? I don't know what I'm doing. I'm doing the best that I can. I know that's all I can ask of myself. Is that good enough? Is my work doing any good? Is anybody paying attention? Is it hopeless to try and change things? The African guy is a sign, right? Because if he isn't, than nothing in this world makes any sense to me. I'm fucked! Maybe I should quit. Don't quit! Maybe I should just fucking quit. Don't fucking quit! I don't know what the fuck I'm supposed to fucking do anymore! Fucker! Fuck shit!”
Also – Supa was completely intrigued by Mark Wahlberg’s acting ability in this flic. (Yes, that Marky Mark) He definitely brought the funny, passion, and frustration alive in his character. And Supa Sister even though he was actually kinda cute….for a white boy.
Holla back if you see this flic, I’d love to build on it.