The Wackness

The Wackness
The Wackness
  • R
  • 1h 39m
  • 2008
Fresh70%
Common Sense Media Iconage 15+
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NYC. Summer 1994. The girls were fly. The music was dope. And Luke was just trying to deal. Even though 18-year-old Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) is stashing away loads of cash dealing pot, he's still a virgin, his family may be evicted, and his only friend is his eccentric shrink and client, Dr. Jeffrey Squires (Oscar®-winner Ben Kingsley, Sexy Beast, House of Sand and Fog), who is intent on living life to the fullest. But when Squires' party girl stepdaughter Stephanie (Juno's Olivia Thirlby) opens her heart, Luke learns that love, no matter how long it lasts, can turn a life that is wack, totally dope. With surprising performances from Famke Janssen, Mary-Kate Olsen and Method Man, and a pulsing hip-hop score, this exuberant coming-of-age comedy captures a season of discovery with wit and warmth.
© 2008 Shapiro Levine Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh70%
Critics Consensus: Sympathetic characters and a clever script help The Wackness overcome a familiar plot to make for a charming coming-of-age comedy.
Reviews
Time Out
Hank Sartin
Fresh

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Trevor Johnston
Fresh

Kingsley's shamelessly zingy performance adds welcome pep, and a delicate, achingly sincere summer...

June 21, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore
Fresh

That first sight of Ben Kingsley sucking down a bowl will burn into your memory. You may be watchi...

May 22, 2019
Miami Herald
Rene Rodriguez
Rotten

The Wackness marks a step up in ambition, but it is also self-indulgent and needlessly complicated...

May 22, 2019
Houston Chronicle
Amy Biancolli
Rotten

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

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 15+
Common Sense Says
Bittersweet coming-of-age pic about a pot dealer.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this movie stars Josh Peck from the wildly popular sitcom Drake and Josh, it's definitely not aimed at the Nickelodeon show's tween fan base. The film centers around an awkward high school senior who's a marijuana dealer. Like many coming-of-age-stories, it focuses on the mature themes of burgeoning sexuality (including several love scenes, jokes about virginity, and glimpses of a naked backside and breasts), drug use (many, many shots of teens and adults smoking pot), and first love. There's also a fair amount of drinking and cigarette smoking among 18- to 20-year-olds.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:July 3, 2008
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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