The Wackness

The Wackness

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The Wackness

In the summer of 1994, the streets of New York are pulsing with the sounds of Hip Hop and the sweet, sweet aroma of marijuana. Luke (Josh Peck) is a socially uncomfortable teenage pot dealer, with no friends, who trades weed for some sessions with his therapist, Dr. Squires (the great Ben Kingsley).

Dr. Squires, whose much-younger wife (Famke Janssen) is slipping away, joins Luke on a quest to get laid. The duo traverse New York, meeting some of Luke’s ‘business associates’ – a dreadlocked pixie (Mary-Kate Olsen), a New Wave keyboard-playing one-hit-wonder, and his dealer (Method Man). Luke, meanwhile, has a massive crush on Squires’ step-daughter (Juno’s Olivia Thirlby).

Audience Award winner at Sundance Film Festival 2008.
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Variety

Variety

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The Amerindie annals are over-full of withdrawn male loners hoping to quirk or cathart themselves out of teenage purgatory. But like "Donnie Darko," "Thumbsucker" and a few others, The Wackness treads this familiar terrain with assurance and distinction.

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Total Film

Total Film

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It's not quite da bomb, but this nostalgic throwback to the recent past still has enough phat acting (especially from Sir Ben) and slammin' scenes to seem both fly and fresh. Worth catching? Damn skippy.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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The movie he (Josh Peck) is in, The Wackness, written and directed by Jonathan Levine, makes a good-faith effort to steer clear of such clichés, and succeeds and fails in roughly equal measure.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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What saves this movie, which won this year's audience award at Sundance, from being boring are performances by two actors who see a chance to go over the top and aren't worried about the fall on the other side.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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A celebration of everything that was good and bad about the 90s.

4.0
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Newshub

Newshub

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This hazy coming-of-age story is thoroughly charming. It's a fun, dreamy and unique cinema experience that I recommend.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Emulating its hero's recklessly independent spirit, The Wackness aspires to be something more than your average psychiatrist-bashing, dysfunctional-parents coming-of-age dramedy à la "Running With Scissors." It snows us with more visual flash than it knows what to do with.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A tightly packed entertainment. It explodes through familiar teen-transition territory with dark ironies, but, all the while, touches are sentiments.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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An unlikely buddy comedy that comes to life whenever Kingsley appears - he doesn’t so much steal the show as roll it into a fat blunt and smoke it.

3.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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A smart, occasionally charming and often very funny little film. If you were a fan of Juno or Garden State, you will be very happy to have seen it.

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Thanks for the movie Flicks. I enjoyed the hilarious 90s jargon that the main characters used and found it sweet, slick and uber-cool. Peace out...

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

The Amerindie annals are over-full of withdrawn male loners hoping to quirk or cathart themselves out of teenage purgatory. But like "Donnie Darko," "Thumbsucker" and a few others, The Wackness treads this familiar terrain with assurance and distinction.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

It's not quite da bomb, but this nostalgic throwback to the recent past still has enough phat acting (especially from Sir Ben) and slammin' scenes to seem both fly and fresh. Worth catching? Damn skippy.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The movie he (Josh Peck) is in, The Wackness, written and directed by Jonathan Levine, makes a good-faith effort to steer clear of such clichés, and succeeds and fails in roughly equal measure.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

What saves this movie, which won this year's audience award at Sundance, from being boring are performances by two actors who see a chance to go over the top and aren't worried about the fall on the other side.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A celebration of everything that was good and bad about the 90s.

4.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

This hazy coming-of-age story is thoroughly charming. It's a fun, dreamy and unique cinema experience that I recommend.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Emulating its hero's recklessly independent spirit, The Wackness aspires to be something more than your average psychiatrist-bashing, dysfunctional-parents coming-of-age dramedy à la "Running With Scissors." It snows us with more visual flash than it knows what to do with.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A tightly packed entertainment. It explodes through familiar teen-transition territory with dark ironies, but, all the while, touches are sentiments.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An unlikely buddy comedy that comes to life whenever Kingsley appears - he doesn’t so much steal the show as roll it into a fat blunt and smoke it.

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

A smart, occasionally charming and often very funny little film. If you were a fan of Juno or Garden State, you will be very happy to have seen it.

0

Thanks for the movie Flicks. I enjoyed the hilarious 90s jargon that the main characters used and found it sweet, slick and uber-cool. Peace out...

4.0
0