I Heart Huckabees

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3 1/2

This quirky comedy is beyond explanation. Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman), a miserable young man, seeks to find the meaning of coincidences in his life. Existential detectives Vivian and Bernard Jaffe (Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman) tell Albert that everything and everyone is connected in some psycho-babble kind of way and that there are no coincidences. Albert meets Tommy (Mark Wahlberg), another client, who becomes enamored with Caterina (Isabelle Huppert), the author of a book that says life is meaningless. As Albert is torn between the two opposing philosophies, handsome Brad Stand (Jude Law) gets the promotion Albert was expecting. I Heart Huckabees pokes fun at pop psychology, urban sprawl, corporate greed and tree huggers. Every character too many to mention is overexaggerated like a cartoon. I Heart Huckabees is not a treat but a treatment, or make that a mistreatment.

A big part of this one is the barrage of filthy language, including more than 50 obscenities. Even before the opening credits, Albert vents with a string of f- and s-words. Add to that a crude sex scene when Caterina seduces Albert and the two disappear into a muddy marshland where they engage in unconventional sex, both smeared in mud. A negative portrayal of a Christian family will offend many. Albert accuses them of hypocrisy because the father is employed by an oil company that Albert thinks is encroaching on nature. The family dinner begins with the Lords Prayer and ends in a shouting match that shocks the children. Alberts soul-searching journey leads him to mixed messages from the existential detectives and the wacky self-help author. Preview gives this movie low marks for its offensive language, crude sex scene and antireligious theme.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Fox Searchlight

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (25) times mild (hell 9, damn 3); moderate (b-stard 3); strong (-ss 4, b-tch 4, SOB 2)

Obscene Language: Many (52) times moderate (p-ss 3, s-ck 2); strong (f-word 26, s-word 16, finger gesture 1, d-ck 1, other 3)

Profanity: Several (5) times moderate (MG 4, other 1)

Violence: Few times mild (shoving and struggling)

Sex: Once strong (couple wallow in mud during graphic, unconventional sex without nudity)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times mild (reference to unmarried couples sex lives); strong (man fantasizes about nursing another mans breast)

Drugs: None

Other: Christian family accused of hypocrisy; theme that everything and everyone, both animate and inanimate, are connected in a Godless, universal way

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Young Adults

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