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The Wackness Details

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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. The newly-inaugurated mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, is only beginning to implement his anti-fun initiatives against “crimes” like noisy portable radio, graffiti and public drunkenness. Two people, however, are missing out on the excitement. Luke (Josh Peck) is a socially uncomfortable teenage pot dealer with no friends, issues with his parents, and a whopping lack of confidence with girls. He trades weed for sessions with his therapist, Dr. Squires (Sir Ben Kingsley), whose much-younger wife (Famke Janssen) is slipping away from him. Squires, a drug-addled shrink with a hairline retreating to the back of his neck and a state of mind slouching back to adolescence, is an unlikely role model—but the two of them forge a friendship based on a mutual need: neither one is getting laid.

  • Release date:July 3, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Jonathan Levine Best First Screenplay 2008 Nominee

Cast

Ben Kingsley
as Dr. Jeffrey Squires
Josh Peck
as Luke Shapiro
Famke Janssen
as Mrs. Squires
Olivia Thirlby
as Stephanie
Mary-Kate Olsen
as Union
Jane Adams
as Eleanor
Method Man
as Percy
Aaron Yoo
as Justin
Talia Balsam
as Mrs. Shapiro
David Wohl
as Mrs. Shapiro
Bob Dishy
as Grandpa Shapiro
Joanna Merlin
as Grandma Shapiro
Shannon Briggs
as Bodyguard #1
Roy Milton Davis
as Homeless Man

Crew

Jonathan Levine
Director
Keith Calder
Producer
Felipe Marino
Producer
Joe Neurauter
Producer
Jonathan Levine
Screenwriter
Petra Korner
Cinematographer
David Torn
Composer (Music Score)
Jim Black
Musical Direction/Supervision
Josh Noyes
Editor
Annie Spitz
Production Designer
Beth Kuhn
Art Director
Brian Udovich
Co-producer
Cherish Magennis
Set Decorator
Ken Ishii
Sound/Sound Designer
Joanna Colbert
Casting
Richard Mento
Casting
Bryan Lawson
Music Producer
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