The Wackness

30 Oct

Its 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. The Wackness, the latest film from direcor Jonathon Levine, centers upon a troubled high school student named Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) a teenage pot dealer who forms a friendship with Dr. Jeffrey Squires (Ben Kingsley), a psychiatrist and kindred lost soul. When the doctor proposes Luke trade him weed for therapy sessions, the two begin to explore both New York City and their own depression. The Wackness captures the spell of 1994 – a time of pagers, not cell phones; a time when Tupac and Biggie were alive but Kurt Cobain had just died. Co-starring Method Man, Mary-Kate Olsen, Famke Janssen and Jane Adams, The Wackness won the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award and hits Australian cinemas on 13 November.

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