Parents' Guide to

The Wackness

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Bittersweet coming-of-age pic about a pot dealer.

Movie R 2008 110 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Do Not Watch!

I thought this movie would be funny and sort of tame just because it stars Josh Peck (from Drake & Josh). But it was disgusting! I'm 19 and I hated this movie!! I don't think it is appropriate for any age group! Do not see this movie, not only will it totally distort your view of Josh Peck, it will waste 2 hours of your life that you can never get back!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2 ):

Peck, who does an amazing job shedding all remnants of his Nickelodeon alter ego, is perfectly cast as "the most popular of the unpopular" kids. He's the kind of teen who only finds out about a cool graduation party because the host pages him for drugs. Kingsley infuses his character with enough humor to be sympathetic, rather than just pathetic. The middle-aged shrink and teen dealer make a charming odd couple as they make each other mix tapes (Notorious B.I.G. and A Tribe Called Quest on one, David Bowie and Brahms on the other), sell weed out of an ice-cream cooler, and cruise for girls.

With compelling lead characters, a notable hip-hop soundtrack, and charming supporting performances by Mary-Kate Olsen, Jane Adams, and Method-Man, director Jonathan Levine's semi-autobiographical drama explores the universal themes of late adolescence without devolving into overly sentimental cliches. Those who were on the verge of adulthood in the early '90s will especially appreciate the cultural references in this sweet portrayal of that pivotal summer between high school and college.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 11, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: January 5, 2009
  • Cast: Ben Kingsley , Josh Peck , Olivia Thirlby
  • Director: Jonathan Levine
  • Inclusion Information: Indian/South Asian actors, Female actors, Bisexual actors
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 110 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: pervasive drug use, language and some sexuality.
  • Last updated: December 2, 2022

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