The Wackness
The Wackness (2008)

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 beginning to implement his anti-fun… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 3, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ 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.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Tom Long
Detroit News

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

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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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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

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Fernando F. Croce

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
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 his… More
Mark Walker
With chameleon-like versatility, Ben Kingsley went from peace-loving pacifist in "Gandhi" to intimidating pychopath in "Sexy Beast". Here,… More
Liam Gadd
With a great script, interesting characters and excellent performances all round, ''The Wackness'' is a very sweet, uplifting coming-of-age… More
Nicki Marie
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 it in the… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
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 proves that… More
Gordon Anderson
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 full of rye… More