I Heart Huckabees

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

Concept featured in clip: Conservation

Location of clip: DVD: 00:42:08 - 00:45:58


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*Use caution when showing parts of this film due to vulgar language and an explicit sex scene. This clip contains one use of vulgar language (SOB).

Summary of clip: In this scene, Tommy Corn (Mark Wahlberg) and Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman) are having dinner in the household of Albert's coincidental friend Steven and his host family. Steven's host family (mainly the father figure), Tommy, and Albert are having a heated discussion about the Conversation Movement.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip shows a common debate in science: progress vs. nature.

Suggestions to teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. Can you have a functioning society while preserving nature?

b. What does Albert mean by "everything" happens in a meadow at dusk?

c. Why does Steven's host father feel so strongly against the Conservative Movement?

d. Why are Albert and Tommy fighting for conservation?

2. Have students think about a world without urban sprawl. Then have them think about a world without natural resources. Have them compare and contrast these two scenarios and come up with a happy medium.

3. Have students build a model state balances urban sprawl with conservation. See what kind of ideas they can come up with to preserve our natural resources while at the same time providing the society with modern "necessities".

4. Start a discussion on carrying capacity.

5. Split the class in half and have students debate progress vs. nature.