Words: Saam Das
'The Wackness' (2008)
Director: Jonathan Levine
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby, Famke Janssen
SYNOPSIS: "Coming of age drama. High-school graduate Luke (Josh Peck) is faced with a summer alone in Manhattan, dealing marijuana and listening to his parents argue, before moving on to college. But an unlikely friendship with his therapist (Ben Kingsley) has life-changing consequences for both of them." (bbc.co.uk)
Bizarrely, I was invited to a preview screening of 'The Wackness' in Los Angeles back in the day. Since then, it's been fairly well received both critically and by audiences. It has an off-kilter Gandhi, an Olsen twin, a rapper, a formerly rotund but now slim kids tv star, Xenia Onatopp and one of the slightly less annoying girls from 'Juno'. And more importantly, drugs! Oh, how hip. But as the reception of the film suggests, don't let that put you off.
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