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I Heart Huckabees | 2004 | R | - 7.4.7

Ensemble comedy with several interrelated stories about several people (Jason Schwartzman, Mark Wahlberg, Naomi Watts and Jude Law) who hire two "Existential" detectives (Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman) to determine how their lives fit into the grand scheme of things, and whether or not we really exist at all. Directed by David O. Russell. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man rubs himself with mud, he rubs a woman's leg with mud (we hear them moaning), they force each other's faces into a mud puddle, they kiss, and we see the man thrusting while standing behind the woman who is lying on her stomach (we see his pants down at his ankles and his bare legs). A bare-chested man in boxer shorts lies on a bed, a woman wrapped in a towel sits next to him, she applies skin lotion to her bare legs (we see her bare thighs), he holds her from behind and kisses her shoulder. A man and a woman kiss in several scenes. A man and a woman kiss, and then fall unconscious (overcome by smoke from a fire). A man and a woman quiz another man and a woman about their sex life (how often they have sex, is it good, etc.). A man imagines another man as a woman with long hair who is nursing him (we see the man with a baby bonnet suckling from bare breasts). A man and a woman in swimsuits are seen a few times. A man lies in a bathtub (we see his bare chest). A woman wears a tiny bikini during a photo shoot that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen, and part of her bare buttocks. Women wear low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman wears a dress that is open in the back revealing her bare back.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man is zipped into a bag where he imagines episodes in his life and explores feelings about people with whom he has had relationships: A man imagines a man sitting on a tree limb knocking a woman off the limb, then when the woman is back on the limb the man chops her head off with a sword (no blood, it is like a cartoon image). A man imagines chopping another man up with a sword (no blood). Two men talk about wanting to chop each other up, they fight with shoving and punching (one shoves the other and knocks a woman to floor) and they push on each other's faces. A woman attacks a woman, pulling her hair and threatening her. A woman hits a man in the head with a teddy bear, and a man punches a man in the face. A woman slaps a man in the face. A man shoves a man and he falls to the floor, and a man shoves a man who falls onto three people, and then shoves him again. A man grabs a woman and forces her to dance with him. Two men hit each other in the face repeatedly with a rubber ball (one man falls backward onto the ground when he is hit). A woman lies unconscious in a burning house. A man is nearly run down by a van in a parking lot. A man is knocked to the ground while playing basketball. Several people throw food and drinks at a man hitting him in the face and head (he is not injured). A man yells in anger and spits. People argue in several scenes. A man sets a leaflet on fire. A woman pounds on a glass wall and yells at a man. A man vomits in his hand (we see a bit of goo). A man spits out milk when he is made to laugh while drinking. A man and a woman fall unconscious when overcome by smoke from a fire.

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LANGUAGE 7 - 29 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 3 sexual references, 20 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 23 mild obscenities, 12 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - Some drinking at a restaurant.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Perceptions of reality, Existentialism, coincidences, change, love, relationships, quitting, hopelessness, Socialism, hypocrisy, betrayal, passive/aggressive behavior, propaganda, depression, ego, ultimate truth, indifference, charm, suburban sprawl, environmental preservation, progress, alternative sources of power, randomness of life, destruction of the planet, chaos, meaninglessness.
MESSAGE - We cannot expect to be able to appreciate the joys in our lives without experiencing some pain.
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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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