Saturday, September 12, 2009


Written and directed by Jonathan Levine

Ben Kingsley
Josh Peck
Famke Janssen
Olivia Thirlby

Premiere date: January 18, 2008 (Sundance Film Festival)
R for pervasive drug use, language and some sexuality.

It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip hop and wafting with the sweet aroma of marijuana. Luke is a socially uncomfortable teenage pot dealer with no friends, issues with his parents, and a colossal lack of confidence with girls. He trades weed for sessions with his therapist, whose much-younger wife is slipping away from him. Dr. Squires, a drug-addled shrink with a hairline receding to the back of his neck and a state of mind slouching back to adolescence, is an unlikely role model, but the two of them forge a friendship based on a mutual need: getting laid. Things get complicated when Luke falls for one of his classmates, Stephanie, who just happens to be the doctor's stepdaughter.

Luke's innocent first loe experience with Stephanie becomes a life lesson that sets him on the pathway towards adulthood. And when Squires breaks down, it's up to the younger man to throw him a lifeline. Funny and moving, The Wackness is an offbeat tale of two lost souls stumbling towards maturity.

Sundance Film Festival
Audience Award - Dramatic
Grand Jury Prize Nominee


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