The Wackness

Synopsis: Friendship, love, and coming of age in New York City, summer of 1994. Luke Shapiro has just graduated from high school, sells marijuana, and trades pot for therapy from a psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Squires. Luke is attracted to a classmate, Stephanie, who's out of his league and Squires' step-daughter. By July, he's hanging out with Stephanie, taking her on his rounds selling pot out of an ice-cream pushcart. Then things take a turn. In the background, Squires and his wife as well as Luke's parents are having their troubles.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jonathan Levine
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  4 wins & 4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.0
Metacritic:
61
Rotten Tomatoes:
70%
R
Year:
2008
99 min
$2,100,000
Website
117 Views

So, what's on your mind,

Luke?

Nothing.

I mean, I can

make something up.

Fine.

Make something up, then.

Okay.

Um,

- I'm having trouble getting laid.

- Common problem.

How old are you

again, Luke?

Old enough

to be getting laid.

And getting older every day.

Have you ever

gotten laid?

Two years ago, I f*cked

Katie Randall in Battery Park.

But she had drank

like two 40-ounces,

and the cops came

and broke us up before we...

So, she was drunk?

Home girl weighs,

like, 60 pounds,

and she drank two

- Crazy Horse?

- Look, Dr. Squires...

- Call me Jeff.

- Look, Jeff...

Dr. Squires...

How much

do you need, man?

You're the one

who needs this, son.

- How much?

- A quarter.

Well, I can give you two eighths.

It's the same thing.

- That entitles you to another...

- Forty-eight minutes.

Forty-eight minutes. If you go now,

you're getting ripped off.

I'm just not feeling all this

feeling shit today, Dr. Squires.

Luke, tomorrow's a very big day

in your life. One of the biggest.

And I look at you

and there's...

There's just

no joy, you know?

Tell Stephanie

I say what's up.

Mmm-hmm.

Hey, you ever feel

kind of like a f*ck up?

Buying weed from the same dude

that deals to your daughter?

- Stepdaughter.

- Stepdaughter. Exactly.

- Later, Mr. Squires.

- I'm a doctor, Luke.

Dr. Squires.

I met Dr. Squires

in the spring of '94.

First as a client,

then as a patient.

At the beginning we didn't

talk about much of anything.

I don't know why I kept seeing him,

to be honest.

But sometimes it's nice

to have someone to talk to.

Even if you're

just talking shit.

He told me the drug thing was

a cry for help. Maybe he's right.

I am Luke Shapiro.

I'm a drug dealer.

Hear my cry.

My occupation takes me to

exotic places like Brooklyn and Queens.

Now, I like it most in the summer

when no one's around. Just me,

the sweaty girls in their short skirts

with their breasts and their panties,

which I like to see

when I can see them.

I like fly ladies. I like tank tops.

I like short skirts.

I like my impure thoughts,

which go a little something like this.

# "The World is Yours"

by Nas #

# It's yours #

# Whose world is this? #

# The world is yours

the world is yours #

# It's mine,

it's mine, it's mine #

# Whose world is this? #

# It's yours #

# It's mine,

it's mine, it's mine #

# Whose world is this? #

Shapiro.

No, did you smell it?

You're holding it,

you smell it.

Well, I'm not... Listen, Mr. Bigshot.

You know all about expiration dates?

Just look at the jar

and tell me what you think.

I don't know.

Why don't you check it out yourself?

# Wipe the sweat off my dome

Spit the phlegm on the streets #

# Suede Timbs on my feets

makes my cypher complete #

# Whether cruisin in a six-cab

or Montero Jeep #

# I can't call it

The beats make me fallin' asleep #

I hate high school

so I'm alone a lot.

Which is fine by me.

Sometimes it gets lonely, I guess.

But I don't need

high school friends.

One week they're listening to Kris Kross,

the next, they're listening to Pearl Jam.

I'm not like that.

I'm loyal.

I mean, I still listen

to cassettes.

But tomorrow

my life changes.

Tomorrow I graduate.

And then I go

to my safety school.

And then I get older.

And then I die.

Robert Samuels.

Shana Sewart.

Luke Shapiro.

Congratulations, Shapiros.

Lucas, aren't you

going to introduce us?

- Mom, Dad, this is Mr... Dr. Squires.

- Jeff.

- And this is my wife, Kristen.

- A pleasure.

And here's

your daughter.

- Stepdaughter.

- Stephanie.

All right, team.

Picture time.

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Jonathan Levine

Jonathan A. Levine (born June 18, 1976) is an American film director and screenwriter. He is well known for directing 50/50 in 2011. more…

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