The Wackness

Rated R 95 minutes 2008

In Manhattan during the summer of 1994, a lonely, horny teenage boy (TV actor Josh Peck) gets sent to a psychologist (Ben Kingsley) and finds a buddy — the shrink smokes blunts with him, accompanies him to bars, listens to the kid’s hip-hop music, and has a sympathetic, beautiful daughter (Olivia Thirlby). In other words, the therapy works. Writer-director Jonathan Levine’s coming-of-ager is every bit as fantastic as Alice in Wonderland but we swallow it happily, helped along by Levine’s glib dialogue (“I’m mad depressed, yo”) and the promise of young love. It’s an exercise in style and wit, with extra bonus points for the dream combo of Kingsley and Thirlby (95 min.).

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Director: Jonathan Levine

Writer: Jonathan Levine

Producer: Keith Calder

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Famke Janssen, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby, Mary-Kate Olsen, Method Man, Aaron Yoo, Charlene Biton, Nicole Berger and Sean Dillon

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