October 17, 2004

I ♥ Huckabees

huckabeesAn existential screwball comedy. Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, and Mark Wahlberg all face existential crises while being stirred together by 'existential detectives' Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin. The film's core of essential desperation is diluted by madcap improvisation and more carnival music by Jon Brion. Huckabees may bear too close a resemblance to Magnolia specifically, and the films of P.T. Anderson in general, mainly thanks to the music of Brion and the "we're all connected? there are no coincidences? midlife crises" theme of the film. (West Newton Cinema)