• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jonathan Levine
    In Theaters:
    Jul 3, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 6, 2009
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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The Wackness Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

An exercise in style and wit, two commodities that never go out of fashion.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 15, 2011
David N. Butterworth

Josh Peck and Ben Kingsley make for an oddly engaging couple in Jonathan Levine's audacious comedy about sex, drugs, and unexpected friendships.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3/4

May 31, 2011
Fernando F. Croce

It's an utterly routine picture, but its low-key mood and acting disarm

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 26, 2009
Craig Phillips

With a game cast and cool songs from the era... heartfelt moments battling clumsy ones, The Wackness isn't quite dope but, like a good mixtape it is full of highlights.

Full Review Source: GreenCine | Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2009
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Dumb title? Certainly. Perfectly proportioned? Nope. True-to-life? Certainly not. An enjoyably quirky indie comedy? You bet.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 74/100

January 19, 2009
Nora Lee Mandel

Parallel yet intertwined older and younger generations, and a real girl, set this above the usual young dudes genre, changing from comic to romantic to poignant and back.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

December 3, 2008
David Stratton
The Australian

If nothing else, it's probably worth seeing for the kissing scene between Kingsley and Mary-Kate Olsen.

Full Review Source: The Australian | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 19, 2008
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

It's an old theme. Levine tackles it with gusto and verve, and if ultimately he overdoes it with a hi-end quirky style, I think there's enough authenticity here to see the film through.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

November 14, 2008
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)

This is a gently humorous and beautifully moving film.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

November 14, 2008
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

The performances are all very fine, but the standout is Ben Kingsley's Squires. It's so unexpected.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 14, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Better than most "coming of age" stories due to some fine comic and dramatic performances by a talented cast.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

November 13, 2008
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A thoroughly engaging comic drama with absurdist elements %u2013 or is that just real life

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 8, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

THE WACKNESS is one of those small little movies that come under the radar and sneak up on you.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 16, 2008
Derek Malcolm
This is London

The Wackness, while no masterpiece, is the kind of film that doesn't come to much but is watchable as it saunters along with a provoking sense of meaningful pessimism. The performances are really the thing - Levine hasn't managed anything better.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2008
Anthony Quinn

The film's forlorn charm is a little reminiscent of Cameron Crowe's adolescent memoir Almost Famous. It's a tiny bit soppy, too, but you can forgive that in a teenager.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2008

Sun Online

The Wackness is a teen drama, set in 1994 against a backdrop of laidback hip-hop and a roasting hot New York which tries just a bit too hard to be cool. But it is definitely not wack (bad).

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2008
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Kingsley is likewise on form and hits home with some terrifically world-weary one liners, while director Jon Levine brings a refreshing inventiveness to the film.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

August 29, 2008
Neil Smith
Total Film

It's not quite da bomb, but this nostalgic throwback to the recent past still has enough phat acting (especially from Sir Ben) and slammin' scenes to seem both fly and fresh. Worth catching? Damn skippy.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2008
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies

The Wackness offers more than fuzzy giggles and bongwater-weak characters.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2008

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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April 12, 2011
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