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.

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8 April 2009 | PaulyC
| good coming of age in New York flick
Teenage drug dealer Luke Shapiro deals drugs in New York City through his ice cream cart. His parents are always fighting and about to be evicted. He is a confused but sweet soul. Psychiatrist Dr. Squires has a failing marriage, abuses drugs, regrets his past, and is in the midst of a midlife crisis. Luke is one of Dr. Squires patients and pays him in drugs for his services. The two form a strong relationship and soon the two unlikely friends are learning life lessons from one another. The friendship is strained when Luke falls for the doctor's daughter. The acting in this movie is great from Josh Peck as Luke and the always wonderful Ben Kingsley as Dr. Squires. There's also a small role by Mary-Kate Olsen as a free-spirit hippie. This movie works because all the relationships feel real and the script is top notch. New York City itself acts as it's own character and filming this in another city doubling for NYC would have been a bad move. A well directed film by Jonathan Levine. Good Stuff!

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