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Thursday, January 11, 2007

I Heart Huckabees Movie Quotes

I Heart Huckabees is one of my favorite movies. It's a quirky, odd, hilarious movie about two "detectives" (Bernard and Vivian) that investigate people's existential issues. There, however, is a competing philosopher/existential detective (with an opposite theory. So basically the point of the movie is to see the black and the white in life as well as the bits of white in the black and vice versa and see the grey areas in life. It has a lot of Buddhist/Taosit philosophy in it which is another reason that I like it so much. It's a great movie if you haven't seen I highly recommend it but remember it's a bit "outside the box" to use a tired, old cliche. There is also some strong language in it so if you're offended by the "F" word then don't watch it.

This first scene is between the one "detective," Bernard (Dustin Hoffman) and a client, Albert (Jason Schwartzman):


(Bernard holds up a blanket between his two uplifted arms/hands):

Bernard: Say this blanket represents all the matter and energy in the universe, okay? You, me everything. Nothing has been left out, alright? All the particles, everything.

Albert: What's outside the blanket?

Bernard: More blankets. That's the point.

Albert: Blanket's everything.

Bernard: Exactly. This is everything. Let's just say that this is me, all right? (pushes hand up under the blanket) And I'm, what, 60-odd years old and I'm wearing a gray suit. Blah, blah, blah. And let's say over here, this is you (pokes other hand up under another side of the blanket). And, you're... I don't know, you're 21. You got dark hair, etc. And over here, this is Vivian, my wife and colleague. Then over here, this is the Eiffel tower, right? It's Paris. And this is a war. And this is, uh, a museum. And this is a disease. And this is an orgasm. And this is a hamburger.

Albert: Everything is the same even if it's different.

Bernard: Exactly. But our everyday mind forgets this. We think everything is separate.
Limited. I'm over here. You're over there. Which is true. But it's not the whole truth because we're all connected.

Another scene (the picture above is apart of the scene below):

Tommy: (played by Mark Wahlberg): Don't start with that magic blanket bullshit, okay?

Bernard: It's not magic. It's just the way things are. You and me and the air are actually tiny particles that are swirling around together. Look right here. You see?

Tommy: Okay. But look at the cracks between these particles and the cracks we fall through, the holes of nothingness.

Bernard: Look closer. There are tiny particles connecting the larger cubes.

Tommy: Yeah, and then tinier cracks between the connections.

Bernard: And even tinier connections.

Tommy: And even tinier cracks.

Bernard: Yeah, but if you look close enough, you can't tell where my nose ends and space begins, because they're unified. See?

Albert: So what? You can't see any of this anyway!

Vivian (played by Lily Tomlin): You live all the time with things you can't see. You can't see electricity, can you? You can't see radio waves, but you accept them.

In another scene in between Bernard and Albert:

Bernard: One, your mind is always occupied on something. So it might as well be something useful...

Two, there is no such thing as you and me.

Albert: So then there's nothing?

Bernard: Three, there is no such thing as nothing.

There is no remainder in the mathematics of infinity.


In another scene between Bernard and his wife Vivian:

Vivian: I need facts, Bernard, to piece together a theory.

Bernard: No time for infinity? Gotta piece together a theory?


~Peace to all beings~

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marieroshi said...

That movie is so trippy. I think it's the sort of thing you need to develop a taste for, though, cuz my husband thought it was all a bunch of BS.

"James" said...


I like quirky movies like this one so when it came out I drove 50 miles to see it and wasn't disappointed. Though the more I see it the more I like it and see new things. I agree that you have to develop a taste for it.

Though I think it's the kind of movie that many people either love or hate. Some people will always hate it no matter how often they see it {Probably like your husband).

awouldbehipster said...

I am so glad that you posted this! I Heart Huckabees is my favorite movie right now. Every time I watch it I learn something new. I can only hope for more films with so many layers of meaning.

Another great quote from IHH...

Albert Markovski: No, I'm not. I'm talking about not covering every square inch with houses and strip malls until you can't remember what happens when you stand in a meadow at dusk.

Bret: What happens in the meadow at dusk?

Albert Markovski: Everything.

Mrs. Hooten: Nothing.

Albert Markovski: Everything.

Mrs. Hooten: Nothing.

Albert Markovski: It's beautiful.

Tommy Corn: It's beautiful.

"James" said...


I learn something new every time too and that is a great quote too.

mangadezi-jr said...

I loved the movie as well--my 14-year-old made a comment about the Buddhist reference in the blanket scene--made me laugh quite a bit. I tend to like quirky movies like that, though--

"James" said...


Yeah I like quirky movies too and the blanket reference is one of my favorite scenes.

Sachman Bhatti said...

Exsistentialist Detectives, Nihilist, somewhere in the middle: the truth, like a golden path.

Kay said...

I Heart Huckabees is brilliant! I own the movie and you've inspired me to pull it out and watch it this weekend.

"James" said...


Yes, The Tao. :)


It is brilliant and I wish more people got it. Too many think it's just made up goobledy gook. Glad I inspired you to watch it again. I watch it often myself. :)

Anonymous said...

actually i think in addition to it being quirky, it's quite smart and actually very deep..loved it

gamin said...

I love this movie-I saw it in the theatre when it first came out ans laughed and cried. At heart it is compassionate and if people get lost in the lightning quick wit, or think its gobbledygook, that's bcuz Hollywood doesn't make movies like this. This was a labor if love and as one who was obsessed with existentialism and nihilism as a youth it is worthy of the highest praise. How Am I Not Myself?

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