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    The Wackness

    Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who is out of his league and step-daughter of Squires . By July, he is hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Lukes parents Ā are having their troubles.
    Duration: 99 min
    Quality: SD
    Release: 2008
    IMDb: 6.9
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  • Actors of "The Wackness"

  • Characters of "The Wackness"

    Dr. Squires. Character of The Wackness
    Played by: Ben Kingsley
    Luke Shapiro. Character of The Wackness
    Played by: Josh Peck
    Mrs. Squires. Character of The Wackness
    Played by: Famke Janssen
    Stephanie. Character of The Wackness
    Played by: Olivia Thirlby
    Union. Character of The Wackness
    Percy. Character of The Wackness
    Played by: Method Man
    Mrs. Shapiro. Character of The Wackness
    Played by: Talia Balsam
    Mr. Shapiro. Character of The Wackness
    Played by: David Wohl
  • Directors of "The Wackness"

    Jonathan Levine. Director of The Wackness
    Jonathan Levine
  • Creators of "The Wackness"

    Jonathan Levine. Director of The Wackness
    Jonathan Levine
  • Critic Reviews of "The Wackness"

    Time Out
    August 29, 2008

    Kingsley's shamelessly zingy performance adds welcome pep, and a delicate, achingly sincere summertime idyll on Fire Island offers notice of Levine's evident promise.

    Orlando Sentinel
    August 01, 2008

    That first sight of Ben Kingsley sucking down a bowl will burn into your memory. You may be watching The Wackness but it's hard to forget that this is Gandhi putting Bic to bong in Jonathan Levine's silly, sappy and sympathetic coming-of-age memoir.

    Miami Herald
    July 25, 2008

    The Wackness marks a step up in ambition, but it is also self-indulgent and needlessly complicated for what it ultimately delivers: a somber John Hughes picture scored to A Tribe Called Quest and Mary J. Blige.

    Houston Chronicle
    July 25, 2008

    On the downside: There is a wackness to The Wackness, a saggy psychic undertow that drags down its lighter and smarter aspects.

    Detroit News
    July 25, 2008

    The Wackness, for all its eccentricities and emotional pain, is really a sweet little film.

    Chicago Reader
    July 24, 2008

    The characters are sympathetically drawn and the modest wisdom rings true.

    East Bay Express
    August 15, 2011

    An exercise in style and wit, two commodities that never go out of fashion.
    May 31, 2011

    Josh Peck and Ben Kingsley make for an oddly engaging couple in Jonathan Levine's audacious comedy about sex, drugs, and unexpected friendships.

    August 26, 2009

    It's an utterly routine picture, but its low-key mood and acting disarm

    July 30, 2009

    With a game cast and cool songs from the era... heartfelt moments battling clumsy ones, The Wackness isn't quite dope but, like a good mixtape it is full of highlights.

    Apollo Guide
    January 19, 2009

    Dumb title? Certainly. Perfectly proportioned? Nope. True-to-life? Certainly not. An enjoyably quirky indie comedy? You bet.
    December 03, 2008

    Parallel yet intertwined older and younger generations, and a real girl, set this above the usual young dudes genre, changing from comic to romantic to poignant and back.

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