MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 96 this week

The Wackness (2008)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  29 August 2008 (UK)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 25,027 users  
Reviews: 74 user | 146 critic

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.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $7.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 26 Dec 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 02 Sep 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 36 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Wackness" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Wackness (2008)

The Wackness (2008) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Wackness.
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity.

Director: Miguel Arteta
Stars: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Ray Liotta
Adventureland (2009)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.

Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously.

Director: Jonathan Levine
Stars: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able
Love Bytes (2005)
Documentary | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Filmmaker Jonathan Levine sets out on a cross country roadtrip to find love in several major cities with the help of the internet and an Audi A3.

Director: Jonathan Levine
Stars: Misha Calvert, Jonathan Levine, Alex McCord
Shards (2004)
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After his best friend overdoses on crystal meth, hip hop DJ Walter tries to kick the habit and leave his hometown behind...

Director: Jonathan Levine
Stars: Lamont Bentley, Chris Gardner, Nate Mooney
Drama

Feature adaptation of the 2012 documentary about a junior high school class from New York City competing an a chess tournament.

Director: Jonathan Levine
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Eleanor
...
...
Justin
...
...
...
Grandpa Shapiro
...
Grandma Shapiro
...
Bodyguard #1
...
Homeless Man
...
Kid in Bar
Edit

Storyline

Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughter. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Summer 1994. The girls were fly. The music was dope. And Luke was just trying to deal. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug use, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

29 August 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bódulat  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£80,581 (UK) (29 August 2008)

Gross:

$2,077,046 (USA) (17 October 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The hat that Ben Kingsley wears was his own. He grabbed it when he set off to New York to film the movie, thinking it might be useful. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Luke and Dr. Squires are walking near Times Square, an advertisement for a Pontiac Solstice can clearly be seen in the background. The production year for this car began after 2005. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Squires: Life has a funny way of turning you into the one thing you don't want to be.
See more »

Crazy Credits

When the Sony Pictures Classics logo appears at the very beginning and at the very end of the film, the word "classics" is erased and replaced with a graffiti rendering of the same word. See more »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 12 July 2008 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Just a Friend
Written and Performed by Biz Markie
Courtesy of Cold Chillin'
By arrangement with Traffic Ent. & Shelly Bay Music LLC
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A lovely film
7 July 2008 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I walked into this film with 0 expectations having received pre-screener passes from a local record store. This is a beautifully filmed true to life story which I felt held very deep meaning about the beauty that is the start and end of relationships. We follow the summer of two very different men in who are in very similar mindsets dealing with the personal crises, quiet pleasures, new experiences, and endless repetition that is life. This is a realistic and philosophical film that the label "comedy" does not do justice, but there are steady laughs throughout the film, especially for those of us who grew up in the 1990s. Only let-down was Mary-Kate Olsen, who I simply couldn't buy in her role, fortunately, it's a very small part.


32 of 50 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Raise your hand if you couldn't make it through the whole movie mets811
101 Things I learned from The Wackness Lisafliny
would have been a good movie without josh peck elanabana
About Guiliani and New York City triviadude
Shower Sex Scene fishguts16182
Just because there was drugs and Hip-hop doesn't make this a good movie element_0f_s0n1c_def1ance
Discuss The Wackness (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?