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The Wackness (2008) Movie Information

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Jonathan Levine


Famke Janssen
Ben Kingsley
Olivia Thirlby
Josh Peck
Mary-Kate Olsen
Method Man





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New York, summer 1994, the greatest year in hip hop, a troubled teenage drug dealer trades pot for therapy sessions with a drug addled psychiatrist intent on living his life to the fullest.The two form an unlikely friendship, but things get complicated when the kid falls for the doctor's daughter.

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FSUNoles27TS 12/12/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A summer love flick about music, drugs, sex, and learning how to deal. I found this movie to be really fun. It wasn't cheesy or goofy. It was heart-felt and realistic. I have heard people complain about Ben Kingsley, who I actually found enjoyable in this movie. I think he was a great choice to play the doctor. The end really is amazing as it deals with his first love and first heartbreak while making an unconventional friend who has to deal with his own issues. And what a soundtrack. Seriously underrated and tossed aside. Trust the cast and trust this reviewer, this movie is really good.

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dukeakasmudge 08/12/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Not great but not all that good either.The best thing about this movie was the soundtrack which I probably wouldnt mind buying if I found it cheap somewhere & the memories this movie brung back of high school days

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Armando Sanchez 01/30/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Josh Peck has proved that he can be in adult fims,than his rather kid tv shows.i loved this film.he finally get's to shine with his acting abilities.cause not only was this movie was amazing,but Peck and Ben Kingsley own this movie.they are great together.i can't think of anything bad about this was great in many ways,especially emotions and drama that these characters go through.Johnathan Levine is truly an amazing filmmaker with his crafted emotions and drama.check this film's not some stupid "8 mile" kind of movie.this movies doesn't rely on relies on soemthing better, the characters and they're emotions.

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shutterspeed777 05/10/2009 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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Again the protean champ BEN KINGSLEY has done it again. Perfect character choices. What could be more wacky than for both the shrink and client to end up together in the same jail? What could be more wacky than a 70-year old KINGSLEY and a 24-year old OLSEN making out in a phone booth? What could be more wacky than a highly professional DR SQUIRES (KINGSLEY) helping SHAPIRO (JOSH PIECK) sell dope in broad daylight? Better yet, what could be more wacky than the patient eventually becoming shrink to counsel the wacky people in his life? Hilarious and contemplative. Good movie.

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TommyL31 04/17/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I liked this movie a lot more than I thought I would. I'm glad I finally saw it. Kingsley and Peck both do a great job and the characters are pretty interesting and fairly well developed. I think the movie did the period well (it was set in the summer of 1994) and dealt with the whole teen finding himself/teen angst without being too hokie. Not really much more to say here. I really liked the two main characters and it was a character piece.

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10/28/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The Wackness is a coming of age summer film that succeeds with most of the casting choices. The plot could have used some sharpening since the drama portions left a bit unmoved at times. The highlights for me personally are Ben Kingsley's performance and the soundtrack, which is full of very stellar hip hop music mostly. The age difference between the main cast members provides engaging scenes, but the way the story lines play out kill delicious possible scenes which was a bit disappointing. Featured nice cinematography at times, nothing too special. A couple of long takes would have made wonders to this movie, it's a real disappointment they are not utilized more often. Method Man speaking Patois gives quite a laugh since it sounds kind of forced. Overall a pretty good movie.

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