The Wackness

Rated NR

In the summer of 1994, Luke (Josh Peck), a high school drug dealer, falls in love, gets some therapy and sells a lot of pot. Olivia Thirlby (Juno) plays the object of his affection, and her wacky stepdad (Ben Kingsley) is his shrink. Luke tries to sell as many drugs as possible from his ice-cream cart in order to help his financially troubled parents. Writer-director Jonathan Levine does a good job of capturing the period, and the performers do good work, especially Kingsley as the eccentric doctor. Shapiro and Thirlby play a convincing young couple that is mightily flawed. The film has some slow stretches, but it always comes back the strength of the performances. Mary-Kate Olsen shows up as a Deadhead, if that’s of interest to you.

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