The Wackness (2008)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance

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It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter.




  • Ben Kingsley at an event for The Wackness (2008)
  • Ben Kingsley and Mary-Kate Olsen at an event for The Wackness (2008)
  • Ben Kingsley and Josh Peck in The Wackness (2008)
  • Josh Peck in The Wackness (2008)
  • Josh Peck in The Wackness (2008)
  • Josh Peck and Olivia Thirlby in The Wackness (2008)

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9 March 2014 | SnoopyStyle
| Aimless Tired Cynical (and that's good)
It's the summer of '94 in Giuliani's New York City. Friendless Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) deals drugs from his ices cart, and his parents are constantly fighting. He trades pot for therapy from psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Squires (Ben Kingsley). Luke falls for Jeffrey's stepdaughter Stephanie (Olivia Thirlby). She treats him like a friend at first, but he wants so much more.

I wasn't sold on Josh Peck's performance at first, but it kind of grew on me. He's aimless, tired, and cynical. Ben Kingsley's character isn't much better. He spends his days smoking weed, and he rather do some groping on Mary-Kate Olsen. Olivia Thirlby plays the closest thing to a full grown adult in this movie or is she the most damaged? Director/writer Jonathan Levine brings these characters to life even though there isn't much life in these characters. It has a certain low energy charm to it all.

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