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The Wackness

4.3 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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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.

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Jonathan Levine's nostalgic reverie recreates a more innocent New York. In 1994, the Twin Towers watch over Manhattan, and Rudolph Giuliani reigns as mayor--not a bestselling author or presidential candidate. Recent high school grad Luke Shapiro (sleepy-eyed Josh Peck, Drake and Josh) plies the kind of trade Giuliani seeks to discourage: dope dealing. Otherwise, though, Luke's not such a bad kid. He sees a therapist, the pot-smoking Dr. Squires (Sir Ben Kingsley), and nurses a crush on the doctor's flirtatious stepdaughter, Stephanie (Juno's Olivia Thirlby). Hip-hop fills the air, and Luke spends his days grooving to Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., and A Tribe Called Quest, while selling cannabis out of an ice-cream cart (Wu-Tang rapper Method Man plays his Rasta supplier). As the summer heats up, Luke and Stephanie grow closer, while Squires and his wife, Kristin (Famke Janssen), drift apart. Meanwhile, Luke's family faces eviction if his father's fortunes don't improve, and he finds himself torn between the hot girl, the bummed-out shrink, and a job that could land him in the clink for a good long time--or save the Shapiros from moving to New Jersey. Though Levine (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) doesn't judge his law-breaking protagonist, he does suggest that love can make a smart guy lose his head just as easily as lust--and even a trained psychiatrist can't always tell the difference. With Mary-Kate Olsen (Weeds) and Jane Adams (Happiness) as the spaciest of Luke's spacey customers. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


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  • Actors: Ben Kingsley, Famke Janssen, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby, Method Man
  • Directors: Jonathan Levine
  • Producers: Keith Calder, Felipe Marino, Joe Neurauter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001J9KJ48
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wackness" on IMDb

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 5, 2009
Format: DVD
Yo! Don't be whack!

The award winning film (Sundance Audience Award) "The Wackness" is now out on DVD and it's definitely one of the coolest and more pleasant coming-of-age films to come out in a long while and a DVD with features that embraces that non-traditional style courtesy of writer/director Josh Levine.

"The Wackness" stars well-known legendary award winning actor Ben Kingsley and "Drake & Josh" actor Josh Peck who appears to have shed his young teen Nickelodeon image for the character of 18-year-old Luke Shapiro. Both playing roles so different from what we have seen of them and both delivering an exceptional performance.

The year is 1994, A high school teenager in New York who doesn't have any friends but spends his time selling marijuana using his disguise as a person who sells ice in the park, while saving up all his money.

But all is not cool in the life of Luke, his parents are having some financial problems and in danger of being evicted, his mind is on getting laid and losing his virginity and the only person he can communicate his emotions to is one of his clients, Dr. Jeffrey Squires (Ben Kingsley). He wants some anti-depressants but Squires tells him to embrace his pain and more or less, he needs to find a girlfriend and get laid.

Dr. Squires is not exactly a role model for Josh. He's a product of the 60's, loves doing cocaine and marijuana and somehow, is able to connect with Luke and provides him professional advice for drugs. But like Luke, his life is not at all going that great. His relationship with his wife Kristin is not at all going so great and all they have is their memories of sex and doing drugs. Meanwhile, he notices that his step-daughter Stephanie (Olivia Thirlby, "Juno") is getting closer to Luke.
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What an incredible film. Director Jonathan Levine's attention to detail in making sure that every aspect of the film looks and feels like the 90's really adds to the feel of the film. All of the actors work really well especially Sir Ben Kingsley and Josh Peck, who has a breakout performance in this film, showing that he's got a future in this business. With funny dialogue, nicely shot cinematography, and backed by an incredible soundtrack, The Wackness is definitely a film to see this summer if you loved the 90's.
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I have been waiting my whole lifetime for a movie like this... Everyone who I've shown it to has absolutely loved it, and yet I don't know why critics kind of swept it under the rug when it created so much uproar at the 2008 Sundance Film Festivals.

I think everyone should go into this movie not knowing what it's about. It's honestly not because I'm lazy and don't want to explain it to you, but I notice that in my opinion that when you heighten the expectations for someone who hasn't seen the movie, it makes the movie seem not as good as it really is.

Watch the clips Amazon supplied and that's all you need to know... It's a movie about how adults shouldn't be embarrassed to take advice from the younger generation, because it's not about age IT'S ABOUT KNOWLEDGE. And guess what? Sometimes they can be right.

It's a movie about not being afraid to live life; don't hide from it or bottle your problems. Don't look at the bad side of things, look at the good things. People say that's easier said than done, but the trick is to PRETEND!!!

When something bad happens you need to embrace your fears and embrace the pain that comes with it. If you run away from life with drugs (and by now everyone should know that includes prescription drugs) and not face your problems, you eventually just start to experience all the downs in life.

If what you choose is to embrace your pain, learn from it, and have the courage to not to be afraid to take chances & risks in your life-- WELL THAT'S WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT.

If it weren't for the pain in life, the joy wouldn't be so good. It's like the spoiled kid everyone went to school with, they got everything they wanted their entire lives and in the end nothing in the world can ever make them happy.
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I saw this movie long time ago and now that i bought in DVD I saw it again.
I didn't remember the details so it was almost like watching it for the first time.
It was fun to watch.
Ben Kingsley was not so serious in this movie. He was kind of loosing himself, relaxed and enjoying his acting. It was more like a comedy for him.
The relationship between Josh Peck and Olivia Thirlby was fun to watch. Althugh their's becomes quite blur at the end.
The rap songs nicely sustain with the movie and is another enjoyment for watching this wacky movie.
The fact that Josh Peck is a grass dealer doesn't mean that this movie is a serious crime movie but a comedy. Make sure. And I enojoyed as much as you will.
This movie, I thought is not for keeper I thought, though. It's not a great great indie film. It's a good indie film.
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The Wackness: By Flap16.
From doing spring cleaning to the wackness, in one easy step. I was cleaning, the deep, darker side of dusting and mopping, scrubbing and splashing, when suddenly the bureau drawer I was struggling to open gave way and completely launched itself at least halfway across the floor. In recovering that sucker, I found a long lost notation to check "The Wackness". I could not recall what the note was referring to, but a quick search provided the missing link. The Wackness is rather an outdated film released in 2008. Currently, the year is now 2016. Ah! Instant time warp. I gave myself a needed break from working, and settled down to watch the film. Having said that, let me just state that I am happy I watched, relaxed and feeling pretty good, more so when I decided to take the film's off-beat advice: blunt it. The good feeling made the film all the more clear and enjoyable.
So, The Wackness: What I liked: I liked seeing a film with Sir Ben that was not completely dignified and off beat. I have always enjoyed Ben's work, as a performer he is one of the most talented and endlessly interesting, ever. I found him believable in Gandhi, charming in Driving Lessons, and funny in this film. He has a vast number of successful projects, most if not all award winners. No surprise. He is an amazing persona. I liked the musical references for '90's beat hip hope, and, while I don't always quite understand some of the lyrical references, still the language and beat is representative of a new force in music. I got that "dope" is good, and downlow is sneaky or really private. Took a minute, but I figured that out. I liked Olsen # 1 free-floating clothing and mood; that all fit very well into the casual relationships anchored by one little green plant.
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