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The Wackness (2008)

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


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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bódulat  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$138,401 (USA) (4 July 2008)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"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 »


When Stephanie offers to help Dr. Squires "tag" his belongings before he moves out, the CD she writes on is "Scarlet's Walk" by Tori Amos, which was released in 2002, 8 years after the movie is set. See more »


Luke Shapiro: I got mad love for you shorty. That's on the real.
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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 »


References Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) See more »


Bump N' Grind
Written by R. Kelly (as Robert Kelly)
Performed by R. Kelly
Courtesy of Jive Records
By arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

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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