[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Set in New York City in the sweltering summer, The Wackness tells the story of a troubled teenage drug dealer, who trades pot for therapy sessions with a drug-addled psychiatrist. Things get more complicated when he falls for one of his classmates, who just happens to be the doctors daughter. This is a coming-of-age story about sex, drugs, music and what it takes to be a man.
Superb writing made even better by such great soundtrack and performances. You expect Ben Kingsley to be amazing, but Josh Peck gives a supringly stellar performance. Each character feels as real as the story itself, which can be hilarious, sad and moving. Sometimes all at the same time. It feels so honest that it can remind anyone of their teenage years. It takes a few viewings to really appreciate it, but give it time and a coming of a age classic can be found in this film.
Surprise, surprise - THE WACKNESS is fucking dopeness. In general, I'm pretty warm towards coming-of-age films, but this one struck a unique cord somewhere in my black recesses of a heart. The plot treads familiar ground, but the script is just so fucking good and the early 90's setting gives it a fresh flavor. Ben Kingsley is predictably wonderful, but it's Josh mothafuckin' Peck who gives the best performance in the film. I grew up on this kid, watching him go from overweight loser on DRAKE & JOSH to the cool dude who makes funny-ass vines. Despite having a fondness for him in his hit Nickelodeon show, I never really thought much of him as an actor. But goddamn did he…
Figured I'd follow up Kids with an ever-so-slightly lighter look at sex-and-drug-driven New York teen life in the 1990s, also soundtracked to a hip-hop beat. A very specific subgenre, yet The Wackness is very little like Kids; here there is life, and hope, amidst the despair. A sweet indie drama featuring some solid performances.
Liked this one despite the embarrassing dialogue. Reminded me of Almost Famous; it's easy-going, funny, heartbreaking, and really affectionate towards druggie youth. And it has a great soundtrack.
Last night, I was asking a friend some questions to help me out with a script I'm working on. He suggested I watch The Wackness--a movie I hadn't seen since it first came out--for some inspiration. So I did. I forgot how fucking great this was.
The Wacknesss is kind of a forgotten gem nowadays so to refresh some of your memories, it's about a weed dealer (Josh Peck) who upon graduating high school spends his summer of 1994 trying to woo the stepdaughter (Olivia Thirby) of his therapist and frequent weed customer, Dr. Squires (Ben Kingsley).
I think everyone would be surprised to see how great Josh Peck is here. Not far removed from his Nickelodeon days at the…
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So fucking depressing. I couldn't tell whether or not I hated it while I was watching it, but I can see now how much I hated it. Olivia Thirlby and Ben Kingsley are alright, but not even them and Mary-Kate Olsen can save this one.
pretty good. fuckin weird though bro
Great film that has a couple of superb performances from the main kid and Ben Kinglsey who I had no idea was actually the guy in this film. He looked and sounded really different. It has a really nice story that is poignant and touching. It really draws you in and keeps you hooked for the duration.
Very interesting and cool movie. Really made me feel the feels.
This is a mixture of wanting to impress too much, while bringing something soft and human to the mix. As a whole, this is very flawed, a mixture of wanting to create something urban and up-to-date, while the feeling of something old just lingers. Still, it's human to its core, in some weird way, but I don't think I'll see it again.
Surprisingly good! Kingsley and Peck have great chemistry and Olivia Thirlby is adorable.
--- Decent 7 ---
Structurally, it's a fairly generic coming of age flick, however the material within is actually pretty unique. The depiction of the 90's was quite well done. Much of the film has this feeling of just...meandering...and it plays as a plus and minus for the movie and it's ever so apparent with the last quarter of the movie, where it seems to have multiple endings. The pluses is that, it really accurately showcases how one feels after graduating high school and trying to figure out their life while being a 'virgin' and having a struggling family, stuff I myself and many others could relate to very well. It's a minus in that, it can be a bit of a drag to…
soundtrack = perfect
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