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The Wackness

comedy, drama


New York, summer 1994, the greatest year in hip-hop, a troubled teenage drug dealer trades pot for therapy sessions with a drug-addled psychiatrist intent on living his life to the fullest.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    69%
  • Audience Score
    72%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    69%
    reviews counted: 29
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  • Audience

    72%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: On the downside: There is a wackness to The Wackness, a saggy psychic undertow that drags down its lighter and smarter aspects.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, July 25, 2008

Fresh: This is a gently humorous and beautifully moving film.

- Annette Basile, FILMINK (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Levine, who wrote the film as well as directed it, re-creates 1994 with the painstaking detail usually reserved for period pieces and costume dramas.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Could have gone horribly wrong with narcissistic preppy New Yorkers as its subject but stays just the right side of teeth grating thanks to a script full of rye observation and another great show from Kingsley - is their nothing this man can't do ! Drug addicted comedy shrink who hangs out with a kid, no problem.

- gor41, Saturday, November 6, 2010

3 stars

Not great but not all that good either.The best thing about this movie was the soundtrack which I probably wouldnt mind buying if I found it cheap somewhere & the memories this movie brung back of high school days

- dukeakasmudge, Wednesday, October 13, 2010

3 stars

The Wackness is a coming-of-age story set in New York City in the 90's, and features all the things that you would expect from this kind of movie - the ups and downs of a guy's first experience with love, family problems, etc. I liked it a lot at first, but it got a lot less interesting for me towards the end. Things just started to bog down in a haze of drugs and self-reflection (especially the storyline of the psychiatrist). The Wackness had a good thing going, but couldn't quite manage to sustain it throughout the whole movie.

- lewiskendell, Wednesday, April 28, 2010