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The Wackness R

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 6, 2009
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Clamshell
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    • Subtitles - French, Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary: Jonathan Levine, Director; Josh Peck, Actor
    • Featurette: Keeping It Real: A Day In The Life Of Writer/Director Jonathan Levine
    • Bonus Footage: The Luke Shapiro Show Episode 1
    • Behind the Scenes: Time In A Bottle: Behind the Scenes Of The Wackness

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 133


User Ratings: 25,336
Rating: 4/6 -- 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. Full Review
Time Out
Aug 29, 2008
What can I say? THE WACKNESS is the most WACKTASTIC, FAN -*$&%ING-TASTIC film of the year! Full Review
Behind The Lens
Nov 6, 2019
Rating: 3/4 -- 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
May 31, 2011
Funny and poignant, THE WACKNESS is one of the better coming-of-age films to hit theaters in a while....Real life plays intriguingly in the background of this edgy comedy...
New York Times
Jul 3, 2008
Fortunately Peck's diamond acting pulls the film above its murky setting. It takes some courage to be this vulnerable on screen, and Peck is uncommonly good at it. Full Review
Aug 7, 2018
[A] studiously offbeat coming-of-age crowd-pleaser....The film is dotted with timely signifiers, but its one truly relevant reference point is that this was the last moment in the culture before cell phones.
Entertainment Weekly
Jul 11, 2008
Rating: 2.5/4 -- A pretty standard coming-of-age tale about a boy's last summer of childhood. Full Review
From the Front Row
Jul 6, 2019

Product Description:

Palpable heat, complete with sweltering lens flares, washes over the mental and emotional currents of writer-director Jonathan Levine's THE WACKNESS. As the summer months of 1994 pass in three naturally marked acts, the neon pop of a pained youth culture's graffiti art punctuates Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's New York City and its palette of washed-out darks and midtones. This part-familiar, part-engagingly new coming-of-age story suggests the Giuliani administration's "cleaning up" of the city as a metaphorical model of how not to approach the pain of living. The philosophical critique of sweeping the ugly under the rug, seeing it as nothing but a disservice to oneself, comes courtesy of the advice and attempted practice of gonzo-druggie psychiatrist Dr. Squires (Ben Kingsley) and the struggle of his teenage pot-dealing patient, Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck). The only way to live life, says Squires, who accepts marijuana as payments for Luke's therapy sessions, is to embrace it in all its excruciating throes.

THE WACKNESS is an appropriately self-aware dark comedy that separates itself from coming-of-age films set in earlier eras by pointing to its own genre's conventions (through blunt articulation and express devoicing, alternately) as much as it does its themes and sentiments. Peck delivers a layered performance as Luke. The laconic stoner's heavy-lidded, steely stares and draggy attempts to be cool, and his statements that sound like questions at vulnerable moments ("I got this for you, yo," he says shyly in his white-boy hip-hop intonation as he hands a gift to Squires's stepdaughter Stephanie, the girl he's fallen in love with), are belied by a natural intelligence and a growing anxiety. Incidentally, beautiful Manhattan native Olivia Thirlby (JUNO) is perfect as dream girl Stephanie. All this feverish imagery is emotionally enveloped by THE WACKNESS's ‘90s hip-hop soundtrack, which features the Notorious B.I.G. and A Tribe Called Quest.

Description by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:

New York, summer 1994, the greatest year in hip-hop, a troubled teenage drug dealer trades pot for therapy sessions with a drug-addled psychiatrist intent on living his life to the fullest. The two form an unlikely friendship, but things get complicated when the kid falls for the doctor's daughter.


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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 13,790
  • UPC: 043396271838
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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