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The Wackness (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  1 August 2008 (USA)
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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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Sometimes it's right to do the wrong things. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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$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 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 »


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


Grandma Shapiro: Luke, have you had any more thoughts about what you're gonna be as far as a profession goes?
Mr. Shapiro: Mom, he's got time.
Grandma Shapiro: I'm just asking!
Luke Shapiro: Actually, I'm thinking about becoming a shrink.
Grandpa Shapiro: Psychology! It's not quite the shoe business, but it's a very interesting field.
Luke Shapiro: I figure I'm an expert because everyone around me is so fucking crazy, you know?
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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 Forrest Gump (1994) See more »


Written by George Funky Brown, C.F. Martin, Claydes Smith, Robert Kool Bell,
Ronald Bell, Will Smith (as Willard Smith), Robert Spike Mickens, Alton Taylor,
, Dennis D.T. Thomas, Hula Mahone, The Guru, Richard Westfield,
, and K P Fingers
Performed by Jeffrey A. Townes and Will Smith
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Touching period coming-of-age flick
30 August 2008 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

A thirty-something's dream summer movie, a bittersweet romantic comedy ironically bleached by the day-glo hip hop soundtrack. It's better than a simple nostalgia montage though. The unlikely friendship of Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) and his psychiatrist (Kingsley) is the buddy movie subplot that might as well be the permissive 60s and its zonked-out, ideologically vacant progeny.

The two men muddle through, but it's the summer romance in summery New York that propels the film. Luke doesn't have any sort of direction until he's gifted the company of Olivia Thirlby's Stephanie, a streetwise but unthinking classmate - with mate being the operative word.

It's a pretty straightforward film. There's plenty of amiable humour and a number of small but well-drawn supporting characters. I felt it missed a trick though. The temperament of the film seems so well-judged, human but halcyon, that I was preparing myself for an enormous twist, a juddering revelation or emotional detonation. Instead Levine chokes and goes for a weak final 15 mins with too much talk and unable to stop the comic wagon on which he's carted the rest of the film along. 7/10

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