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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Ben Kingsley ... Dr. Squires

Josh Peck ... Luke Shapiro

Famke Janssen ... Mrs. Squires

Olivia Thirlby ... Stephanie

Mary-Kate Olsen ... Union

Jane Adams ... Eleanor

Method Man ... Percy

Aaron Yoo ... Justin

Talia Balsam ... Mrs. Shapiro

David Wohl ... Mr. Shapiro

Bob Dishy ... Grandpa Shapiro

Joanna Merlin ... Grandma Shapiro

Shannon Briggs ... Bodyguard #1

Roy Milton Davis ... Homeless Man

Alexander Flores ... Kid in Bar
Ross Levine ... Blunt Boy
Ken Marks ... Oliver
Kiah Fredricks ... Police Officer #1
Robert Armstrong ... Principal Edwards
Flint Beverage ... Bartender
Rudy Costa ... Corrections Officer
Nick Schutt ... Albert
Sam Dishy ... Subway Musician
Nicole Berger ... Choreographer

Dawn Noel ... Fly Girl 1 (as Dawn Pignuola)
Tyler Gilstrap ... Fly Girl 2
Erin Elliott ... Fly Girl 3

Natalie R Ridley ... Fly Girl 4 (as Nathalie Ridley)

Ioana Alfonso ... Fly Girl 5
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Basile ... Prisioner

Douglas J. Aguirre ... Desk Officer in the Prison (uncredited)
Charlene Biton ... College Student (uncredited)

Kevin Cannon ... Homeless Dealer (uncredited)

Jack Caruso ... Arresting Police Officer (uncredited)

Peter Conboy ... Man on Park Bench (uncredited)

Sean Dillon ... Gruden (uncredited)

John Farrer ... Faculty Member at Graduation (uncredited)

Melissa Grimmond ... Girl #4 (uncredited)
Eugene Kim ... Subway Guy (uncredited)
Rylie J. Neale ... Luke's Classmate (uncredited)

Bill Walters ... Barfly (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Levine 
Writing credits
Jonathan Levine (written by)

Produced by
Keith Calder .... producer
Jared Goldman .... line producer (as Jared Ian Goldman)
Felipe Marino .... producer
Joe Neurauter .... producer
Brian Udovich .... co-producer
Original Music by
David Torn 
Cinematography by
Petra Korner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Josh Noyes 
Casting by
Joanna Colbert 
Rich Mento  (as Richard Mento)
Production Design by
Annie Spitz 
Art Direction by
Beth Kuhn 
Set Decoration by
Cherish M. Hale  (as Cherish Magennis)
Costume Design by
Michael Clancy 
Makeup Department
Daisy Curbeon .... key hair stylist
Patricia Grande .... hair department head
Andrea Grande-Capone .... additional hair stylist
Linda Grimes .... makeup department head
E. Morrow .... key makeup artist (as Eve Morrow)
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Souraya Hamdi .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dave Donars .... production supervisor
Jared Goldman .... unit production manager (as Jared Ian Goldman)
Zara Park .... post-production supervisor: digital intermediate, Modern Videofilm (as Zara Roberts)
Michael Toji .... post-production supervisor: EPC
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Epstein .... first assistant director
Bruce Hall .... second assistant director
Marcus Scigliano .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Derrick Alford .... key construction coordinator
Jamie Arbuckle .... on-set dresser
Scott Canfield .... leadman
Travis Child .... charge scenic
Anthony Cox .... best boy construction grip
Paul George Divone .... carpenter foreman (as Paul Divone)
Bridget Edwards .... additional set decoration shopper
Stephen Girouard .... key construction grip (as Stephen Geirouard)
Jonathan Hansen .... stage production assistant
Kenneth W. Hoare .... set dresser (as Kenny Hoare)
Greg Izzo .... set dresser
Duncan Johnson .... art department production assistant
Glenn Lloyd .... art department coordinator
Daniel Ritchel .... assistant property master (as Danny Ritchel)
Paul Robinson .... set dresser
Bea Spitz .... original artwork
Sabrina Wright .... property master
Kara Zeigon .... set decoration buyer
Dan Kajeckas .... camera scenic artist (uncredited)
Michael Lee Nirenberg .... lead scenic artist (uncredited)
Adam Pessah .... camera scenic artist (uncredited)
Travis Quegan .... property (uncredited)
Noreen Souza-Bailey .... set dresser: additional crew (uncredited)
Greg Voth .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Joan Winters .... graphic design (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tara Blume .... sound effects editor
Eugene Gearty .... sound designer
John-Thomas Graves .... sound effects editor (as John Graves)
Anguibe Guindo .... boom operator
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Ken Ishii .... sound mixer
Trevor Jolly .... supervising sound editor
Eric Justen .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald Lyles .... adr mixer
Maciek Malish .... dialogue editor (as Maciek Malisch)
Maciek Malish .... foley editor (as Maciek Malisch)
David Marcus .... director of sound services
Joe Origlieri .... sound production assistant
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeffrey A. Pitts .... sound effects editor (as Jeff Pitts)
Eddie Rogers .... dialogue editor
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby
Vance Walden .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Rene Clark .... digital imaging artist: Modern Videofilm
Manny Dubon .... iq assistant: Modern VideoFilm
Nicholas Hasson .... iq artist: Modern VideoFilm (as Nick A. Hasson)
Daniel Elliott Linger .... rotoscope artist: SnootFX
Dimitri Loginowski .... digital artist: SnootFX
Dave McCarthy .... drs operator: Modern Videofilm
Karen McCarthy .... drs operator: Modern Videofilm
Peter Moc .... digital imaging artist: Modern Videofilm
Allan Nadel .... visual effects compositor: SnootFX
Zara Park .... digital intermediate post-production supervisor: Modern Videofilm (as Zara Roberts)
Eric Scofield .... electronic graphics operator: Modern Videofilm
Dane Allan Smith .... visual effects producer: SnootFX (as Dane Smith)
Corina Zuniga .... electronic graphics operator: Modern Videofilm (as Corina L. Zuniga)
Tara Ansley .... assistant: visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Chris Barnes .... stunt coordinator
Cort Hessler .... stunt coordinator
Michael Lindengren .... stunt double: Dr. Squires
Ian Mclaughlin .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tamura Bakr .... company electrician
Daniel Beaman .... dolly grip (as Dan Beaman)
Mark Beattie .... company electrician
Eric Boncher .... stage rigging gaffer
Bob Calandro .... grip
John Coots .... best boy electric
John Corso .... camera operator
Divine Cox .... company grip
Jennifer Evans .... company grip
Joseph Fleming .... company grip
David Harges .... rigging best boy
Milly Itzhak .... second assistant camera
Zbigniew 'Ziggy' Kouros .... company grip (as Zbigniew Kouros)
Ed Koza .... company grip
Nina Kuhn .... company electrician
Dave McAllister .... key grip (as David McAllister)
Kevin McClean .... house electrician
Iris Ng .... rigging gaffer
Jesse Pelikan .... company grip
Steve Peloquin .... best boy grip (as Steven Peloquin)
Jeff Porter .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Sam Rosedietcher .... company grip (as Samuel Rosedietcher)
Benjamin Salley .... company electrician
Ken Shibata .... gaffer
Frank Stubblefield .... company electrician
Craig Vaccaro .... company grip
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
William S. White .... loader (as Will White)
Dennis Yeandle .... additional still photographer
George Bianchini .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Matt Cross .... electrician (uncredited)
René Crout .... additional first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Robert DiGiacomo .... first assistant camera: underwater scenes (uncredited)
Chris Dixon .... electrician (uncredited)
Cory Durst .... company grip (uncredited)
Micah Eisenmann .... electrician (uncredited)
Afton Grant .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Martin Jaksa .... grip (uncredited)
Alexander Martin .... electrician (uncredited)
Aaron Medick .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Matthew Mendelson .... electrician (uncredited)
Michele SchianodiCola .... best boy rigging electrician (uncredited)
Yoshi Sonoda .... electrician (uncredited)
Walter Strafford .... electrician (uncredited)
Joe Victorine .... additional electrician (uncredited)
William S. White .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
David Woolner .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jesse Lucy Allen .... casting assistant
Lee Genick .... extras casting assistant
Ronen Gevint .... background casting
Ali Merhi .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Felicity Gifford .... set costumer
Lisa Kisner .... wardrobe production assistant
Pilar Limosner .... assistant costume designer
Ivonne Reimann .... wardrobe intern
Laura Steinman .... wardrobe supervisor
Sonya Strich .... wardrobe intern
Merav Elbaz Belschner .... stitcher (uncredited)
Justine Chevalier .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Cassidy Mosher .... additional costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jenny Bassichis .... post-production coordinator: Wow & Flutter
Carl L.W. Bochek III .... post-production assistant: EPC (as Carl Bochek)
Shawn Broes .... digital intermediate editor: Modern VideoFilm
Jason Crump .... dailies colorist: Mega Playground
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant: EPC
Joe Finley .... digital intermediate colorist: Modern VideoFilm
Alisha Kosaka .... post-production coordinator: Wow & Flutter (as Alisha Marks)
Bryan Park .... digital intermediate editor: Modern VideoFilm
Nicole Ruiz .... post-production coordinator: EPC
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Amy Skerkoski .... post-production assistant: EPC
Michael Smollin .... dailies colorist: Mega Playground
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor: Technicolor N.Y. (as Joey Violante)
Music Department
Jim Black .... music supervisor
Ryan Michael Demaree .... assistant composer
Gabe Hilfer .... music coordinator
Bryan Lawson .... music producer (as Bryan Elliott Lawson)
Bryan Lawson .... score mixer (as Bryan Elliott Lawson)
Bryan Lawson .... supervising music editor (as Bryan Elliott Lawson)
David Torn .... music producer
David Torn .... score mixer
Sam Zeines .... music editor
Transportation Department
Bobby Alberga .... driver (as Robert Alberga)
Lewis Dangelo .... driver
Bob Donavan .... driver (as Robert Donovan)
Billy Featherstone .... driver
Michael Fennimore .... transportation captain
George Grover .... driver
Jimmy Heidrich .... driver (as Jim Heidrich)
Gabe Turiello .... driver
Drew Yanarella .... driver
Other crew
Allison Adams .... assistant: Ben Kingsley
Adam Ballesteros .... assistant: producers
Howard Baral .... post-production accountant: R.C. Baral & Co.
Jeremy Brena .... stand-in: Josh Peck
Scott Brooks .... set production assistant
Grant Carpenter .... production intern
Rob Coleman .... location scout
Kathleen Corbin .... location coordinator
Olivia Curtis .... adr loop group
Evan Davies .... adr loop group
Leo Driver .... parking coordinator
Shannon Dry .... first assistant accountant
Harriet Steel Durkes .... set production assistant
Katrina Dykes .... scheduling director: Wow & Flutter
Corrine Ellington .... stand-in: Framke Janssen
Cristina Esteras-Ortiz .... dailies coordinator: Mega Playground
Lindsay Feldman .... production coordinator
Tori Fritz .... adr loop group
Michelle Garcia .... production intern
Stephen Garrett .... electronic press kit
Sky Gewant .... set production assistant
Chris Gewehr .... adr loop group
Robert Gillespie .... production intern
Billy Gooch .... set production assistant
Eric Goodwin .... production intern
James Granger .... production secretary
Libby Grant .... adr loop group
Trish Gray .... location scout
Greg Highsmith .... payroll accountant
Jennifer Hoopes .... location coordinator
Sierra Hornung .... adr loop group
Nora Jenewein .... production intern
Phyllis Kaufman .... legal counsel: Fish & Richardson
Ryan David Kohler .... office production assistant
Katie Kramer .... set production assistant
Kristina Lee .... assistant production coordinator
Evan Levine .... production intern
Ross Levine .... production consultant
Stephen Lippross .... production accountant
Emilie Maison .... press attache france
Elizabeth Marley .... stand-in: Olivia Thirlby
Christopher Menges .... location assistant (as Chris Menges)
Karen S. Neasi .... product placement coordinator (as Karen Neasi)
Shikha Nirula .... dailies coordinator: Mega Playground
John H. Powers .... set production assistant
Matthew Reedy .... key set production assistant (as Matthew J. Reedy)
Dawn Rosado .... craft service assistant
Ali Rossiter .... production intern
Betsy Rudnick .... unit publicist: Falco Ink.
Chris Santangelo .... stand-in: Ben Kingsley
Ian Sitek .... additional key production assistant
Collin Smith .... location manager
Jeannine Sturtevant .... adr loop group
Rodney Tait .... assistant parking coordinator
Shannon Treusch .... unit publicist: Falco Ink.
Gabe Turiello Jr. .... production assistant
Rob van de Laar .... craft service
David Velasco .... assistant location manager
Chris von Hoffmann .... production assistant
Allison Wardley .... production intern
Sharon Watt .... script supervisor
Jack Wheeler .... set production assistant
Nicole Berger .... choreographer (uncredited)
Sarah Berge Giarraffa .... assistant: Ms. Janssen (uncredited)
Todd M. Hofacker .... assistant: Ben Kingsley (uncredited)
Brendan Kehoe .... location scout (uncredited)
Doug McCafferty .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sean Pinnow .... intern (uncredited)
Adam S. Poswolsky .... location scout (uncredited)
Wendy L. York .... additional script supervisor (uncredited)
Judy Greer .... very special thanks
Tom Hanks .... very special thanks
Phedon Papamichael .... very special thanks
Liz Phair .... special thanks
Shawn Regruto .... thanks
Jason Rio .... special thanks

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Rated R for pervasive drug use, language and some sexuality
99 min
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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 »
Anachronisms: The movie is set in 1994 but when Luke returns to find his family being evicted there is a current model BMW 7 series, E65/E66, turning the corner in the background. These have only been manufactured since 2002-2008.See more »
Stephanie:You're a virgin?
Luke Shapiro:No. Naw. I just haven't officially had sex yet.
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53 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
A dopey Jewish boy pseudo gangsta with a nerdy sweet smile, 19 July 2008
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

The success of 'The Wackness' is fragile. If you can hear that phrase right--the wackness, the movie will probably work for you. That's enough: the wackness. It almost feels like writing about it will crush it. Things don't seem to fly at first. Here we are. Okay, there's this high-school graduate called Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck). He lives on the Upper East Side of NYC but his father's had an economic disaster and they're threatened with banishment to New Jersey. The older generation's approaching meltdown and the youngsters are about to move on. Much about 'The Wackness' sounds routine. The coming-of-age story, the nerdy kid who wins over the cute girl, the constantly feuding parents, the offbeat shrink sessions, the nostalgia for a period recently gone. Why does it work? The simple answer: Josh Peck, who plays the young man, Luke Shapiro. Peck, who's tall and a bit chubby (he was a flat-out fat boy in Mean Creek and the TV kid comedy series "Drake & Josh"), wonderfully steers along on the edge between nerdy and cool and the result is irresistibly charming. However self-conscious Luke's lines may be at times, Peck's timing and delivery turn them into gold. Luke's relationship with the messed-up shrink Dr. Squires (Ben Kingsley), who trades him therapy for good bud, is endearing too, but Squires is close enough to being a real mess so it's not too cute. It's the summer of 1994 in hiphop graffiti New York just at the moment when Mayor Giuliani came to wipe out "quality of life crimes" and drain the sleaze and the color out of Times Square. Probably the writer-director (Jonathan Levine) was this age then. Words like "dope" and "wack" and "yo" and "what up" fly through the air with abandon. The movie pushes the same slang words too hard, and mentions Giuliani more than it needs to. And what's with "mad"? Did they really say that? "You're mad out of my league." "I got mad love for you shorty. I want to listen to Boyz2men when I'm with you," says Luke to Stephanie (Olivia Thrilby). (They trade mix tapes.) It's a heat wave, so he says "It's mad hot." The dialog is mad free with "mad." Accurate or not, the New York-Nineties references are a bit more constant and self-conscious than they need to be. At first some of the more prominently noticeable visual business also seems over-the-top: a teenager selling masses of weed out of a decrepit ice cream cart and trading it for therapy; the shrink's giant glass bong which he lights up in his office during a session. But, whatever, as the blasé Stephanie would say. It still works, because the main characters are endearing and their dilemmas are true to life. The thing is, Luke needs to get laid. Squires offers a hooker, not pills, for this issue. The doctor himself takes a kaleidoscope of antidepressants to cope with being a mess and having a sexy young wife (Famke Janssen) on the verge of leaving him. The solution of Luke's problem turns out to be convoluted because Stephanie, who accepts to hang out with him and then teaches him to make love, is Squires' own step-daughter. That's tricky for Squires. He has problems of his own. He has one big one: he's afraid life is passing him by. No obvious role model though a pal to Luke, he's such a mess he lusts after teenage girls himself, and smooches with Mary-Kate Olsen in a phone booth. This, by the way, was the day when drug dealers still used pagers and pay phones. And even if the Giuliani theme is pushed as are the "what up's," nonetheless Squires' dishevelment and Luke's selling drugs out of a cart are logical figments of the fading pre-Giuliani New York, and that fading sleaze is like the fading of Luke's virginity as his "nasty thoughts," which he says he enjoys, yield to real experiences of sex and to the pain of falling in love when it's not returned. By now it may be redundant to say it, but Josh Peck makes Luke's mixture of vulnerability and bravado, very real. The plot turns out to be not so much clichéd as simple and true. When Luke's heart gets broken, it really hurts to watch it. Though the drug distributors Luke gets his marijuana from--and he sells many large bricks of it that summer in hopes of saving his parents' apartment--are conventionally high-powered guys with machine-guns and Jamaican accents, ninety percent of the time Levine keeps his story low-keyed and doesn't strain for effects. And he doesn't need those, because Josh Peck's and Ben Kingsley's line readings sing out enough to make any movie memorable. As one blogger puts it, Luke's "kind of dopey pseudo-gangsta, but nerdishly sweet smile managed to convey both the character's pretense and genuine good nature." All the English Peck puts on his lines reflects his character's efforts to strike a pose, but the "nerdishly sweet smile" instantly undercuts the poses and makes them endearing. He's functional enough. Stephanie has taken some small interest in him, enough to want to hang out despite her having been "mad out of my league" in high school. And he must have got dealing dope down if he can make $26,000 in some heavy weeks of the summer. But he's in need of an attitude adjustment. This is how Stephanie puts it: "I see the dopeness; you only see the wackness." He's been faking it and now he needs to make it. He needs to love life. And suffer pain. And she gives him both opportunities. This is pretty well how the world is for a young dude. When it hurts to watch Luke suffer, it hurts in a good way. P.s. Jane Adams is mad fly as Elanor, an ex-musician pothead. Her ingenious excuses for constantly scoring weed are as good as anything in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest.

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