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The Wackness

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Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who is out of his league and step-daughter of Squires . By July, he is hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Lukes parents  are having their troubles.
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East Bay Express
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August 15, 2011

An exercise in style and wit, two commodities that never go out of fashion.
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Miami Herald
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July 25, 2008

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.
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Houston Chronicle
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July 25, 2008

On the downside: There is a wackness to The Wackness, a saggy psychic undertow that drags down its lighter and smarter aspects.
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Time Out
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August 29, 2008

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.
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Detroit News
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July 25, 2008

The Wackness, for all its eccentricities and emotional pain, is really a sweet little film.
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GreenCine

July 30, 2009

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.
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Apollo Guide

January 19, 2009

Dumb title? Certainly. Perfectly proportioned? Nope. True-to-life? Certainly not. An enjoyably quirky indie comedy? You bet.
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CinePassion
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August 26, 2009

It's an utterly routine picture, but its low-key mood and acting disarm
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May 31, 2011

Josh Peck and Ben Kingsley make for an oddly engaging couple in Jonathan Levine's audacious comedy about sex, drugs, and unexpected friendships.
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Film-Forward.com
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December 03, 2008

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.
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Orlando Sentinel

August 01, 2008

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.
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Chicago Reader
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July 24, 2008

The characters are sympathetically drawn and the modest wisdom rings true.
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