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  • Summary: The Wackness centers on a troubled high school student named Luke Shapiro--a teenage pot dealer who forms a friendship with Dr. Jeffrey Squires, a psychiatrist and kindred lost soul. When the doctor proposes that Luke trade him weed for therapy sessions, the two begin to explore both NewThe Wackness centers on a troubled high school student named Luke Shapiro--a teenage pot dealer who forms a friendship with Dr. Jeffrey Squires, a psychiatrist and kindred lost soul. When the doctor proposes that Luke trade him weed for therapy sessions, the two begin to explore both New York City and their own depression. (Sony Picture Classics) Expand
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  1. JoelS
    Jan 11, 2009
    10
    This movie was my life. I love it! Josh did a great role.
  2. DanC
    Mar 13, 2009
    9
    This movie is nearly perfect. Quiet, unassuming, and brilliantly true to itself. Outstanding on every level.
  3. LisaB.
    Jul 24, 2008
    8
    Josh Peck delivers a stereotype-busting performance in The Wackness. He shows himself to be an actor versus a child star. Ben Kingsley is Josh Peck delivers a stereotype-busting performance in The Wackness. He shows himself to be an actor versus a child star. Ben Kingsley is awesome as usual. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Jul 28, 2008
    7
    The ice cart that Luke Shapiro(Josh Peck) pushes around the borough to facilitate his summer drug operation couldn't be a more The ice cart that Luke Shapiro(Josh Peck) pushes around the borough to facilitate his summer drug operation couldn't be a more conspicuous front. But the ice cart does work as a metaphor for Rudolph Giuliani's gentrification of New York during his seven-year reign as mayor, when the future 9/11 hero and presidential hopeful told all the Central Park hookers and drug dealers to go home like a real-life Travis Bickle. Percy(Method Man) went underground while a new wave of drug pushers ambled through the city undetected. A Tribe Called Quest's "Can U Kick It?", which contains a sample of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side", sounds primordial, as if the ghost of Martin Scorsese's New York("All the animals come out at night- whores, skunk p******, buggers, queens, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.") came home to roost and wondered where all the hookers in Central Park went. Even the drug dealers are different. Dr. Squires(Ben Kingsley) remembers a time when "the man"("I'm waiting for...") was a popular dude. "The Wackness", a mid-nineties period piece, is about an unpopular pot dealer in therapy, who's in love the therapist's daughter, a girl that's way out of his league. "The Wackness" is "The Sopranos" meets "Say Anything", on pot. Pete Tosh was right: "Doctors smoke it," too. Stephanie(Olivia Thirlby) sees things in terms of "dopeness" and "wackness". The film's dopeness can be attributed to Joshua Peck's natural performance as a shy kid who hides his emasculation behind the swagger and machismo of rap. Thank god he's not into Morrissey, or else Stephanie would never have f****d him. Luke's relationship with the pothead shrink is schematic and overfamiliar, save for the fact that he's a hilariously bad mentor. But there's wackness, too. The film spends an inordinate amount of time on the doctor's marital problems. Sometimes "The Wackness" forgets who the main character is. It should be about an ordinary person, not "Ordinary People". Expand
  5. JayH.
    Dec 28, 2008
    6
    The acting is terrific, but it is a rather dreary story. Well written, nicely edited and directed. The characters are well developed. I The acting is terrific, but it is a rather dreary story. Well written, nicely edited and directed. The characters are well developed. I can't see how on earth this can be classified as a comedy. Expand
  6. RronnieR.
    Jul 23, 2008
    6
    6 at best and being generous the kid was quite entertaining but ben kinsgley was a bit overdone in the role, my girlfriend loved it though 6 at best and being generous the kid was quite entertaining but ben kinsgley was a bit overdone in the role, my girlfriend loved it though thought ben was stupendous. Expand
  7. J.G.
    Feb 8, 2009
    0
    Vulgar, crude, dark, not funny and unredeeming; overacted, not funny. Did I say not funny? One dimensional characters stuck in a pointless Vulgar, crude, dark, not funny and unredeeming; overacted, not funny. Did I say not funny? One dimensional characters stuck in a pointless and bad movie. Women are treated stereotypically and poorly. But, the popcorn was good. Expand

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