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The Wackness

The Wackness
  • 2008
  • USA
  • 98 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jonathan Levine
  • Written by: Jonathan Levine
  • Cast: Ben Kingsley, Josh Peck, Famke Janssen, Olivia Thirlby, Mary Kate Olsen, Method Man
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At the heart of this voyage into nostalgic romanticism and teenage growing pains is an unlikely friendship between teenager Luke (Peck) and pot-smoking psychotherapist Dr Squires (Kingsley). It's the summer before Luke ventures to university and he's struggling to make the transition into adulthood, whilst in total contrast, Squires is regressing into adolescence. A tender and poignant story of cross-generational friendship.

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The Wackness

21 Aug 20083 stars

COMEDY/DRAMA Jonathan Levine’s follow-up to the surprisingly good horror film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is another voyage into nostalgic romanticism and teenage growing pains. This time Levine is pining for his lost youth with a film set in 1994…

The Wackness

19 Jun 20084 stars

Edinburgh International Film Festival

(Jonathan Levine, USA) 110min Jonathan Levine’s follow-up to his superior teen horror flick All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is just as assured a film, although this wigged-out high school movie is greatly enriched by being a far more personal project.

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