[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…
I tried very much to like The Wackness, I really did; but the film was just too much of a mess for me to enjoy. The film is set in 1994 and is centred around the life of Shapiro, a young, confused drug dealer who, among many of his problems, is falling in love with his psychiatrist's daughter.
The psychiatrist, Dr. Squires, is totally unbelievable, almost a caricaturisation, and the world that Shapiro and the rest of the characters live in is needlessly bleak, depressingly so, which only helps create a feeling of alienation. Shapiro is a somewhat better crafted character, although he still feels understudied, a character that while certainly bestows some charisma, soon becomes vapid and boring. All…
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.
I love this movie! It is incredibly underrated and that is a real shame as more people need to see it.
Excellent performances from Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley and Oliva Thirlby. This is an amazing coming of age movie with an interesting perspective on the pains of growing up and falling in love. The film is shot incredibly well and emerges it's audience straight into that 90's New York Summer with some impressive and creative film making.
This is a great coming of age movie, with a great setting and score to go along with it. It's hard to imagine that Kurt Cobain died just as Notorious BIG was breaking out.
This is probably my favorite Ben Kingsley roll too. He's great in this.
Devoid of any true narrative merit. Does have a phenomenal soundtrack spliced in amongst a waning, tepid story arc.
I love Levine's 50/50 and this hasn't happened in awhile, but I just could not bear to finish this atrocity. It had the nostalgia coming out of me since it was set in 1994 and as a hiphop head the soundtrack was perfect for arguably the best year in hiphop history. The dialogue and "romance" was fuckin cheesy, Josh Peck just looked out of place trying to sound like he was African American or that has was from the streets of New York, as he tried to pull off 90s street slang over and over again. If they wanted a character to use these lines, they should've just went and got an African American actor instead of miscasting Josh Peck…
The Wackness was a really good movie, but the whole time I was thinking about how much I really want to watch Kids.
"I wanna listen to "Boyz II Men" when I'm with you"
if that ain't love then I don't know what is
you got what i neeeeed
but you say he's just a friend
and you say he's just a friend
OH BABY YOUUUUUU
I was surprised by how much I didn't like this one. Music was great, but who wants to see a completely boring and unlikable lead come-of-age? Also, Method Man's fake patois is straight bumbaclot.
Josh Peck completely throws himself into this film and deliver a raw powerful performance. The music is off the hook and the story is one that we can all relate to.
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