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The Wackness (2008)

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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1 August 2008 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$2,077,046 (USA) (17 October 2008)
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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 »

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Curlz, the font used on Stephanie's yearbook page, was not released until 1995. See more »

Quotes

Luke Shapiro: [asking his mom for a cigarette] Got another?
Mrs. Shapiro: You smoke?
Luke Shapiro: Everything.
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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 Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 12 July 2008 (2008) See more »

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The What
Written by Method Man (as Clifford Smith), The Notorious B.I.G. (as Christopher Wallace), Ostin Harvey
Performed by 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
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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.


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