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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.

Director:

Jonathan Levine

Writer:

Jonathan Levine
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Summer 1994. The girls were fly. The music was dope. And Luke was just trying to deal. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bódulat See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$138,401, 6 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,077,116, 23 October 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,899,975
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay for this movie was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

When Stephanie gives Luke her number, Luke puts the piece of paper in his pocket. When he later checks it out, the paper is neat and without any creases whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Squires: Don't touch my daughter.
StephanieLuke Shapiro: Stepdaughter!
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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 »

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Features Tetris (1984) See more »

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A lovely film
7 July 2008 | by InterLNKSee 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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