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(For more on 90s nostalgia, see Miles Raymer's column in the music section this week.) But by changing the middle-aged, alcoholic Mrs.
Robinson of the Nichols movie into a man, and centering his illicit relationship with the adolescent hero on pot rather than sex, Levine manages to give the story a new spin. Luke Shapiro (Peck) is a recent graduate himself—from high school, not college—and early in the movie Levine shows him accepting his diploma to conspicuously light applause.
Plus, there are so many funny moments that it’s perfect for a date or just to go with a bunch of friends.
Trust me, everyone will relate to at least one of the characters on screen…as it’s a coming of age story that’s as real as anything I’ve seen in a long time.
Squires have reconciled, united by their heartache.
Compared to the famously ambiguous ending of suffers from a kind of arrested male adolescence.
Watching , Jonathan Levine's funny, sincere tale of a Manhattan B-boy (Josh Peck) navigating an inappropriate relationship with his middle-aged shrink (Ben Kingsley) while falling hard for the man's stepdaughter (Olivia Thirlby), I kept wondering where I'd seen it before.
The answer came roaring up to me in a cherry-red Alfa Romeo, to the strains of Simon & Garfunkel: , set in the summer of 1994 and steeped in the hip-hop sounds of the era, is colored by Levine's premature nostalgia.
When Luke, hoping to connect with Stephanie, phones the Squires home one night, the doctor intercepts his call and recruits Luke for a "pussy quest," dragging him out to a bar, where Squires winds up making out with one of Luke's teenage customers (Mary-Kate Olsen, in a wacky turn as a beatific Deadhead).
When Luke tells Stephanie good-bye, Levine mercilessly centers her in the frame as her cool dissolves and she wonders what she might have passed up.
Ultimately that may be the movie's Achilles' heel: almost all the female characters are harridans, and by the end Luke and Dr.
In a coming-of-age movie, someone ought to come of age.v Care to comment?
The Wackness is a 2008 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Mary-Kate Olsen, Famke Janssen, and Olivia Thirlby. In New York City in 1994, Luke Shapiro is trading marijuana in exchange for therapy from his psychiatrist, Dr. Luke graduates from high school but while dealing at a party, he finds out that Justin and other people have gone away for the summer, except him and his classmate, Stephanie, Dr. When Luke returns home, he finds his parents arguing over money and their probable eviction. Luke grabs a letter from his father and reads that his family is getting evicted.