Welcome to my blog dedicated to the similarities I find in two classic movies, Fight Club (FC) and I Heart Huckabees (IHH) (contains spoilers).
Obviously, you can find secret meanings in anything if you want to - a children's song could really be about drugs. Many movies have similar features - after all, there's more than one movie with a car chase. But I find a number of features that appear in both these movies, and few others.
1. In both movies, the protagonists find out they are ... the same person!
(FC) Tyler to narrator: "You're ... Tyler Durden." (IHH) In the elevator, Albert to Brad Stand: "We're the same!"
2. People blowing up their "own" homes
(FC) Tyler blows up the narrator's condo. (IHH) Albert sets fire to Brad Stand's jet skis, and the fire spreads to his house. They also fight "themselves" in both movies.
3. Coping with stress by going to a black closed space
(FC) The narrator goes to his "cave". (IHH) Albert gets zipped up inside a black bag.
(FC) Tyler: "It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything." The narrator: "Losing all hope was freedom." (IHH) Tommy Corn: "Once you realize the universe sucks, you've got nothing to lose."
5. People hitting themselves
(FC) The narrator, when he confronts his boss. (IHH) Albert and Tommy Corn hit themselves with a red rubber ball thing.
6. Move out of home with possessions strewn in front of their building (with firemen in attendance)
(FC) The narrator, after his condo explodes. (IHH) Molly (Tommy Corn's wife), when she leaves Tommy.
7. Dancing as a diversion
(FC) Tyler, when the paramedics come to save Marla. (IHH) Tommy, so that Albert can sneak in to get his file.
8. People jumping in to cars
(FC) Tyler at the airport. (IHH) Vivian Jaffe (actually Lily Tomlin's stunt double), at the car park at Albert's work.
9. Dumpster diving
(FC) Tyler and the narrator at the liposuction clinic. (IHH) The detectives (Jaffes) at Brad Stand's house, finding Kafka.
10. Hi-rise buildings falling/ascending
(FC) Skyscrapers fall in the final scene. (IHH) Hi-rise buildings sprout out of the ground during Caterine's monologue.
(FC) The narrator writes poetry (haiku). (IHH) Albert is a poet, and Brad Stand writes poetry for the detectives at their behest.
12. Vehicle stopping in time to not hit someone
(FC) The narrator stands in front of a bus that stops in time to not hit him. (IHH) A car containing the African man stops in time to not hit Albert.
13. Shouting at people while running away, down a staircase
(FC) Marla, when the paramedics come to save her at her home. (IHH) Albert and Tommy Corn, running away from the detectives at Huckabees corporation.
14. People fight their replacement
(FC) The narrator fights Angel Face (Jared Leto) at the fight club after he replaces him as Tyler's favorite. (IHH) Dawn Campbell grapples with Heather after she replaces her as Miss Huckabees.
15. Damsel in distress rescued (with paramedics attending)
(FC) Marla ODs, and Tyler comes to rescue her. She had also called paramedics, who arrive after Tyler. (IHH) Dawn is passed out in her house in the fire, and fire fighter Tommy Corn comes to rescue her. Paramedics later attend, and she is taken away by ambulance.
16. Aggression through a pane of glass
(FC) The narrator shoots at Tyler through the glass, while trying to enter the building with the van loaded with nitro. (IHH) Dawn Campbell shouts at people through glass - "there's glass between us!" - and then butt-slams the glass at Huckabees Corp. 2 Mar 19
17. Squirted with water by hose
(FC) A civilian is squirted with a hose by a club member in order to start a fight (to recruit them). (IHH) Tommy Corn sprays fellow fire fighters with his fire hose. (The detectives also get squirted by the sprinklers at Brad Stand’s house when they go there to spy on him.) 11 Apr 19
(FC) Marla ruins the narrator’s support groups by attending. (IHH) Brad Stand infuriates Albert by appearing at his session with the detectives. 21 Nov 2019
19. Opening titles a tracking shot leaving/pursuing the main protagonist
(FC) Title sequence is a reverse tracking shot exiting the brain of the narrator from inside.
(IHH) Title sequence is a tracking shot of Albert pursuing “himself” (ie a person identical to him in appearance) while finding the detectives’ office. 1 Jan 20
20. Demolition prevention as the location of the beginning and end of the movie
(FC) The narrator tries to thwart the demolition plot (unsuccessfully). (IHH) Albert at the rock tries stop the bulldozers to prevent Huckabees Corp development at the expense of the environment. 6 Dec 19
21. Face in man breasts
(FC) The narrator has his face pressed in to the breasts of Bob (Meat Loaf), who has gynecomastia from steroids. (IHH) Albert is wet-nursed by Brad Stand in a dream sequence. 1 Jan 20
Tyler (FC) and Albert (IHH) both ride bicycles and take baths.
The narrator (FC) and Albert (IHH) both get sacked from their jobs and brush their teeth.
The narrator (FC) and Albert (IHH) both end up with their pants around their ankles.
Both movies have faux advertising.
Filming location for both movies is Los Angeles (often is).
The narrator (FC) and Albert (IHH) are both knocked off their feet by “clothesline” style take-downs. 4 Jan 20
I speculate the similarities result from the movies having similar subject content: themes of personal duality, the yin/yang of consumerism versus aestheticism, the Buddhist type of search for enlightenment by rejecting possessions. Maybe David O. Russell is a massive Fight Club fan (aren't we all).
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