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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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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>

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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The Wackness  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£80,581 (UK) (29 August 2008)

Gross:

$2,077,046 (USA) (17 October 2008)
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Trivia

The first song in the movie that Luke is listening to on his headphones is "The World is Yours," which features the lyric "I sip the Dom P, watchin' Gandhi till I'm charged." Ben Kingsley won an Oscar for portraying the title character in Gandhi (1982). See more »

Goofs

An establishing shot of a Long Island Railroad train shows a train with model M-7 cars. The M-7 railcar was not introduced into service until 2002. See more »

Quotes

Stephanie: You're a virgin?
Luke Shapiro: No. Naw. I just haven't officially had sex yet.
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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 »

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References Three's Company (1977) See more »

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Tearz
Written by Ghostface Killah (as Dennis Coles), RZA (as Robert F. Diggs Jr.), Johnnie Frierson, Wendy Rene (as Mary Frierson), The GZA (as Gary Grice), U-God (as Lamont Hawkins), Inspectah Deck (as Jason Hunter), Ol' Dirty Bastard (as Russell T. Jones), Method Man (as Clifford Smith), Raekwon (as Corey Woods)
Performed by Wu Tang Clan
Courtesy of Loud Records/The RCA Records Label
By arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Sample of "After Laughter Come Tears"
Performed by Wendy Rene
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Group
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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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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