What is it with people who brand a movie as brilliant and intellectual due to the mere fact that it is incoherent and pretentious enough to have most moviegoers scratching their heads at supposed philosophical meanings?
Case in point: I ♥ Huckabees.
I had a free movie pass to view the movie last weekend. In short and without verbal pomp, it sucked. It was stale, tired and gimmicky. Although the casting was great (Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg), the script was trite, unfunny and boring beyond belief. Sorry David Russell, but you’re trying too hard to be quirky and offbeat.
There were a few genuinely funny moments, mostly coming from Wahlberg. The former Marky Mark, was the best thing about this movie. He was cast as a paranoid post-9/11 fireman obsessed with the wasteful use of petroleum. But his moments were not enough to hold this soulless shell of a movie together.
Furthermore, I cared nothing for the characters, especially the main one, Albert a cloying poetry environmentalist played by Jason Schwartzman. He was so annoying I wanted to kick him, or at least give’ him a heaping helping of successive pimp slaps. In the one scene that was interesting–when Albert’s mother is confronted for her insensitivity to the death of his cat when he was young, there was a moment when I thought, “oh this might get interesting.” You see the mother blew him off to hang out with a female friend in the kitchen when he needs attention upon learning about his deceased feline. I thought they might have been lovers or something and were gettin’ on and little Albert had interrupted her love in the afternoon session. Then the whole family would’ve found out years later that his mother had been having a lesbo affair. But no, that didn’t happen. I sighed and slumped deeper into my seat wanting to throw popcorn at all the hipsters laughing so hard at the Seinfeld-type humor I hate.
Thank goodness I saw the movie for free. I would’ve been mighty pissed if I had shelled out coins for it.