The Wackness

Critic Score

69%

User Score

72%
In theaters Jul 03, 2008
R, 1 hr. 39 min.

Trailer

Movie Info

Synopsis: 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--but change is in the air. The newly-inaugurated mayor, Rudy Giuliani, is
Director: Jonathan Levine
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Theater Release: Jul 03, 2008
DVD Release: Jan 06, 2009

Cast

Ben Kingsley

Dr. Squires
Famke Janssen

Mrs. Squires
Olivia Thirlby

Stephanie
Aaron Yoo

Justin
Talia Balsam

Mrs. Shapiro
David Wohl

Mr. Shapiro

Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sympathetic characters and a clever script help The Wackness overcome a familiar plot to make for a charming coming-of-age comedy.
  • Kingsley's shamelessly zingy performance adds welcome pep, and a delicate, achingly sincere summertime idyll on Fire Island offers notice of Levine's evident promise. More...
  • That first sight of Ben Kingsley sucking down a bowl will burn into your memory. You may be watching The Wackness but it's hard to forget that this is Gandhi putting Bic to bong in Jonathan Levine's silly, sappy and sympathetic coming-of-age memoir. More...
  • The Wackness marks a step up in ambition, but it is also self-indulgent and needlessly complicated for what it ultimately delivers: a somber John Hughes picture scored to A Tribe Called Quest and Mary J. Blige. More...
  • On the downside: There is a wackness to The Wackness, a saggy psychic undertow that drags down its lighter and smarter aspects. More...
  • The Wackness, for all its eccentricities and emotional pain, is really a sweet little film. More...
  • The characters are sympathetically drawn and the modest wisdom rings true. More...
  • Most of the time, Peck is cast adrift in an uncertain world, and Levine too often conflates his lack of purpose with the movie's. More...
  • Levine, who wrote the film as well as directed it, re-creates 1994 with the painstaking detail usually reserved for period pieces and costume dramas. More...
  • A minor triumph. More...
  • Its story is a familiar one, whatever the decade. More...

User Reviews

  • The Wackness was like pure nostalgia for me. Swap New York for London and I can relate to much of the story and this felt like a proper 90's film,...
  • The year is 1994, the place is New York City, and Luke Shapiro, having just graduated high school, tries to spend the summer figuring out what to do...
  • With a great script, interesting characters and excellent performances all round, ''The Wackness'' is a very sweet, uplifting coming-of-age dramedy.
  • Its 1994, mutha fuckas. thats an accurate summary of this film. hey, people. this movie is set in 1994. did you forget already? and Olsen Twin #2...
  • With chameleon-like versatility, Ben Kingsley went from peace-loving pacifist in "Gandhi" to intimidating pychopath in "Sexy Beast". Here, he finds a...
  • Not really to my liking, but it is a good film and well done. I have to say hip hop (of which there is plenty all over this movie - anyone who loved...
  • Could have gone horribly wrong with narcissistic preppy New Yorkers as its subject but stays just the right side of teeth grating thanks to a script...
  • The Wackness is a coming-of-age story set in New York City in the 90's, and features all the things that you would expect from this kind of movie -...
  • I was expecting a half-baked stoner comedy unworthy of H&K, but I was pleasantly surprised! Josh Peck is mesmerizing as the sensitive drug...
  • Great! I thought it would be a very boring normal film with little heart, but when I decided to give it a chance, it proved me wrong! It ia a...