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Ways of Dealingnew

As far as indie films go, The Wackness is competent entertainment--but nothing special.
Tucson Weekly  |  Bob Grimm  |  08-29-2008  |  Reviews

Summer in the Citynew

An odd-couple pairing between a teenage pot dealer and the shrink with whom he trades weed for sessions anchors this story about coming of age in New York City during the Nineties.
Austin Chronicle  |  Kimberley Jones  |  07-24-2008  |  Reviews

A New York Teen Tries Deals with Life in 'The Wackness'new

These days, if you were to drop stale slang terms like the adjective forms of "wack" or "dope," you'd probably sound, well, pretty wack.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  07-23-2008  |  Reviews

'The Wackness': The Coming-of-age Story You've Heard Beforenew

Watching Jonathan Levine's funny, sincere tale of a Manhattan B-boy navigating an inappropriate relationship with his middle-aged shrink while falling hard for the man's stepdaughter, I kept wondering where I'd seen it before. Oh, The Graduate.
Chicago Reader  |  J.R. Jones  |  07-14-2008  |  Reviews

'The Wackness' Captures 1994's Halcyon Hustlenew

Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) may not be as brainy and broken as Holden Caulfield or as mortality-fixated and mundane as Andrew Largeman of Garden State, but Peck hits the right notes of cringe-inducing yet pungent realism required to turn this potential cipher into a full-fledged character.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Kimberly Chun  |  07-10-2008  |  Reviews

Ready for '90s Nostalgia? 'The Wackness' is Ill to the Corenew

Writer-director Jonathan Levine's ingratiatingly funny comedy does more than just riff on a time and place -- it belongs to that great fraternity of novice-and-mentor films, a la Cinema Paradiso, in which an inexperienced person comes of age with the help of a kindly and more worldly friend.
East Bay Express  |  Kelly Vance  |  07-10-2008  |  Reviews

'The Wackness' is More Than Just Another Pot Movienew

No, Jonathan Levine's movie, set on the sticky streets of New York in the summer of 1994, works well because each of its characters is going through his or her own coming-of-age experience, illustrating the fact that none of us ever truly has that moment when we transition to adulthood.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Anders Wright  |  07-09-2008  |  Reviews

'The Wackness' and 'Gunnin' for That #1 Spot' Achieve Emotional Resonancenew

Neither is a special effects extravaganza, but they stir emotion by emphasizing the human scale of what movies can show.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  07-03-2008  |  Reviews

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