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Review: 'The Wackness'

Set in the hip-hop culture of 1990s New York, this tale of a cross-generational friendship between two self-indulgent men quickly wears thin.

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The archetypal Sundance favorite – it won an audience award at this year's festival – writer-director Jonathan Levin's "The Wackness" is a self-indulgent movie about self-indulgence. Set in 1994 New York at a time when Mayor Rudolph Guiliani was high into his crusade to clean up the city, it's about a matchup of two unlikely soulmates.

Luke (Josh Peck) is a woebegone teenager who deals marijuana, can't get along with his disapproving parents (imagine!), and lacks female companionship despite his supercool slackerness. (Question: Since when do hip high school girls reject the bad-boy outsider?)

Dr. Squires (Ben Kingsley), Luke's therapist, is unhappily married. His wife is played by Famke Janssen. I will make no further comment.


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