I was lucky enought to make it out to the ottawa premier of The Wackness at the Bytown Cinema. The film was written and directed by Jonathan Levine and has a cast of Ben Kingsley, Famke Janssen, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby and Mary-Kate Olsen. The sound track was filled with artists like Nas, Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest, Dj Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince and Method Man. A quick plot overview
Its the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip hop and wafting with the sweet aroma of marijuana. The newly-inaugurated mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, is only beginning to implement his anti-fun initiatives against crimes like noisy portable radio, graffiti and public drunkenness.The Wackness centers upon a troubled high school student named Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck)a teenage pot dealer who forms a friendship with Dr. Jeffrey Squires (Ben Kingsley), a psychiatrist and kindred lost soul. When the doctor proposes Luke trade him weed for therapy sessions, the two begin to explore both New York City and their own depression.Propelled by an exuberant hip hop score, The Wackness captures the spell of 1994–a time of pagers, not cell phones; a time when Tupac and Biggie were alive but Kurt Cobain had just died. Funny and moving, The Wackness is an offbeat tale of two lost souls stumbling towards maturity.
It was good enough I am contemplating seeing it again. So everyone should at least see it once. The Wackness dBRAP!!