[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…
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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.
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.
There are very few coming-of-age movies that I like. I guess they have to somehow click with yourself. "The Wackness" does more than that: This WERE my 90s.
Listening to rap music, smoking weed, philosophizing with older dudes, falling in love with girls like Olivia Thirlby, watching your parents marriage fall apart, making countless mixtapes, getting your heart broken for the first time, contemplating suicide and ultimately facing an uncertain future with a positive mindset.
Additionally to how close to home this movie hits, the performances are across the bank fantastic. There are very wise words to be found in this. And I'm not only talking about the glorious soundtrack filled with 90s rap music's heavy hitters.
Truely a very underrated gem that anyone pushing 30 should feel at home with.
Loved this film. A coming-of-age tale with a great cast, killer soundtrack and smart script that asks all of those existential questions that have been asked a million times before but without the cliches.
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…
The last fifteen minutes show Levine flexing his strengths as a filmmaker, but everything leading up to the final act feels plodding and troublesome. The dialogue is mostly a wash, and the cinematography is some of the ugliest I've seen in a while. Peck has talent, but oddly hasn't used any of it in the years since this film came out.
It’s hilarious how this movie constantly reminds us that it takes place in 1994. (Look! He plays NES!! Look! A Game Boy! Hey, they talk about Biggy’s first album and Cobain’s suicide!) And the weird thing is that there is no reason for it, other than probably tickling some nostalgia bone.
Story wise, this is more on the boring side of the coming-of-age/movies-about-nothing genre. Some whiney drugdealer asshole befriends a wacky psychiatrist and somehow feels better by the end of summer. Nothing to see here, except for some seriously good performances from Josh Peck and Ben Kingsley.
Underrated film that has a lot of value and does well with how it carries throughout. I was pretty floored seeing Josh Peck play a serious role having known him on tv as such a goof.
I liked it. I think it was realistic in reagards to money problems, mental illness and romance. In the end there was a message that really rang true and wasnt hard to grasp.
[...] Wie fühlte er sich an, der “Sommer deines Lebens”?
Oft besungen, oft betextet und natürlich oft verfilmt wurde dieser – manch einer hat ihn erlebt, manch einer hat ihn sich im Nachhinein über Nostalgie erschaffen und manch einer hält derartiges Gerede sicher für völligen Schwachsinn. Eins jedoch ist klar: Für Jonathan Levine muss es ihn gegeben zu haben und er scheint heutzutage beim Gedanken daran ein angenehmes Kribbeln zu verspüren – THE WACKNESS ist pure, auf Film gebannte Nostalgie! Der direkte Versuch ein Gefühl zu verfilmen. Und auf dieser Ebene funktioniert der Gras- und Hip-Hop-geschwängerte Streifen wirklich exzellent.
Wir lernen Josh Peck als Luke kennen, einen Highschool Absolventen, der nicht so recht weiß, wohin mit dem Leben und regelmäßig,…
I don't know, it's just one of those things. This isn't particularly a great movie by any means, but goddamn.
Very different coming-of-age drama written and directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Mary-Kate Olsen, Famke Janssen, and Olivia Thirlby.
The saturated story is happening in New York City in 1994, and our hero Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) is trading marijuana in exchange for therapy from his psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffery Squires (Ben Kingsley). Luke is graduating from high school but while dealing at a party, he finds out that Justin (Aaron Yoo) and other people have gone away for the summer. He is the only guy together with his classmate, Stephanie (Olivia Thirlby), Dr. Squires' stepdaughter, who will spend the whole summer at home. Luke finds out that situation at home is not great, his parents arguing…
A modern, very stylistic and fresh take on the coming of age genre through the eyes of Josh Peck and his life in New York City.
Josh Peck brings an honest and very different breath of fresh air performance to a character that is trying to just live in the moment and develop a relationship with someone. He's fantastic in this movie, there are beautiful and genuine moments in his performance. Ben Kingsley plays an even more and as interesting role as Peck's Psychiatrist trying to figure out his own life and living off a lot of his own regrets. The two together have amazing chemistry and bring such raw and beautiful moments
The story is a character study on…
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