The Wackness (R) 95 minutes A
Summer of 420
Starring Josh Peck, Sir Ben Kingsley, Method Man, Mary Kate Olsen, Olivia Thirlby, Famke Janssen, and Aaron Yoo
The Wackness is the stunning new film by Jonathan Levine and winner of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival's Audience Award. The film opens in limited release on July 3rd and this is an early review.
Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) is a loner, awkward teen and dope dealer with a heart of gold. He pays his psychiatrist with weed in exchange for therapy sessions and the two form a genuine bond built on misery, depression and all the harsh lessons that life has to offer.
This coming-of-age/buddy film is hilarious, heartbreaking, and a great example of what happens when we focus too much on the "wackness", instead of just living life and taking it as it comes.
Highly recommended (no pun intended)!