I Heart Huckabees

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I Heart Huckabees

In David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees, a twenty-something environmentalist, Albert (Jason Schwartzman), is plagued by a series of a coincidences involving a very tall black man who seems to just turn up everywhere. Albert, who finds a business card in a loaner suit, calls upon the help of Existential Detectives Vivian (Lily Tomlin) and Bernard Jaffe (Dustin Hoffman).

All of the characters are introduced in their own quirky ways. We meet Albert when in the opening scene as he thinks to himself how proud he is of himself as he saves a tiny piece of land for his Open Spaces organization. We also then meet post 9/11 fireman Tommy Corn (Mark Wahlberg), Huckabees department store guru Brad Stand (Jude Law) and the three philosophers.

In battling for Albert's psyche, if not his soul, the two factions, being the Jaffes, offer conflicting views of the world.

Bernard argues that life is a blanket, one intersecting fabric of existence where all things are related. Caterine (Isabelle Huppert) offers a world of random chaos where values are arbitrary. Light versus dark. Good versus evil. The film argues that the two theories of thought have to compromise and meet in the middle. In the end they do, with Albert and Tommy have a moment where they realize who they are and are again happy.

Philosophy is obviously the major theme in this movie. Everything is supposed to be connected. Tiny Particles have cracks that are connected by more tiny particles. In fact, everyone in this film is connected. Albert needs the help of Brad to try and save wetlands. Albert also meets Tommy who with his help finally finds happiness. Tommy puts out the fire that Albert starts at Brad's house. Tommy also saves Brad's girlfriend, Dawn (Naomi...