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The Wackness (2008)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  29 August 2008 (UK)
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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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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>

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Sometimes it's right to do the wrong things. See more »

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

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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£80,581 (UK) (29 August 2008)

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$2,077,046 (USA) (17 October 2008)
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The scene in which Luke dances and the pavement lights up is a reference to Michael Jackson's video of his song "Billie Jean." See more »

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As Squires laments on the new New York he quotes Starbucks as an example of the city's Disneyfication. But 1994 was Starbucks' New York debut and they were not yet synonymous with unchecked corporate growth. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Squires: The city's a disaster, Luke. Its not like it used to be. It's plastic. One big fucking happy meal.
Luke Shapiro: Some people like happy meals.
Dr. Squires: Some people like the Yankees too, Luke. It doesn't mean they're right.
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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 »

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Can't You See
Written by James Brown, Sean Combs, Joe Howell (as Joseph Howell), Herb Middleton, Terri Robinson (as Terri E. Robinson), Randy Ryan, Mark South, John Starks and Fred Wesley
Performed by Total featuring The Notorious B.I.G. (as Notorious B.I.G.)
Courtesy of Bad Boy Records LLC
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Sample of "The Payback"
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under licensse from Universal Music Enterprises
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The Wackness > All The Real Girls
4 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This might get me into trouble with the film elite, but I found this film so much more real and absorbing than David Gordon Green's "All The Real Girls." They both deal with young men coming of age thanks to first love, but this film has such superior performances and writing. Expertly directed and stacked with some of the best hip hop of the nineties, it's a film that is hilarious, sad and moving, populated with great characters you'll enjoy spending a couple of hours with.

I really wish a film like this had found me in my teenage years, because it's so refreshing and honest. It's nice to watch a movie that celebrates the time honored art of owning and embracing the pain that makes you who you are.

People whine and bitch about the glut of hollow Hollywood formula flooding the marketplace, but a great little film like The Wackness with a strong voice is not getting the support it deserves.

The entire theater loved it, as did my friends I brought along who knew nothing about it.

Do yourself a favor and go see The Wackness. You won't be disappointed.


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