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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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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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29 August 2008 (UK)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£80,581 (UK) (29 August 2008)

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

"The What?" performed by The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Method Man is playing while Luke visits his supplier Percy, who happens to be played by Method Man himself. See more »

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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

Stephanie: Know what your problem is, Shapiro? It's that you just have this really shitty way of looking at things, ya know? I don't have that problem. I just look at the dopeness. But you, it's like you just look at the wackness, ya know?
Luke Shapiro: I do?
Stephanie: All you have to do is look at me. And kiss me.
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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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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #5.39 (2008) See more »

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I Can't Wake Up
Written by DJ Premier (as Christopher Martin), KRS-One (as Lawrence Parker)
Performed by KRS-One
Courtesy of Jive Records
By arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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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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