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The Wackness

99 min
Comedy | Drama | Romance
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Jonathan Levine
3 wins & 4 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2008-07-25
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
Budget: $6,000,000
Opening Weekend: $138,401 (USA) (6 July 2008)
Gross: $2,077,116 (USA) (23 October 2008)
Talia Balsam
Talia Balsam
The Wackness
Ben Kingsley
Dr. Squires
Josh Peck
Luke Shapiro
Famke Janssen
Mrs. Squires
Olivia Thirlby
Mary-Kate Olsen
Jane Adams
Method Man
Aaron Yoo
David Wohl
Mr. Shapiro
Bob Dishy
Grandpa Shapiro
Joanna Merlin
Grandma Shapiro
Shannon Briggs
Bodyguard #1
Roy Milton Davis
Homeless Man
Alexander Flores
Kid in Bar
Ross Levine
Blunt Boy
Ken Marks
Kiah Fredricks
Police Officer #1
Robert Armstrong
Principal Edwards
Flint Beverage
Rudy Costa
Corrections Officer
Nick Schutt
Sam Dishy
Subway Musician
Nicole Berger
Dawn Noel
Fly Girl 1 (as Dawn Pignuola)
Tyler Gilstrap
Fly Girl 2
Erin Elliott
Fly Girl 3
Natalie R Ridley
Fly Girl 4 (as Nathalie Ridley)
Ioana Alfonso
Fly Girl 5
Joseph Basile
Douglas J. Aguirre
Desk Officer in the Prison (uncredited)
Charlene Biton
College Student (uncredited)
Kevin Cannon
Homeless Dealer (uncredited)
Jack Caruso
Arresting Police Officer (uncredited)
Peter Conboy
Man on Park Bench (uncredited)
Sean Dillon
Gruden (uncredited)
John Farrer
Faculty Member at Graduation (uncredited)
Melissa Grimmond
Girl #4 (uncredited)
Eugene Kim
Subway Guy (uncredited)
Rylie J. Neale
Luke's Classmate (uncredited)
Bill Walters
Barfly (uncredited)
Did you know?
"The What?" performed by The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Method Man is playing while Luke visits his supplier Percy, who happens to be played by Method Man himself.
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The first song in the movie that Luke is listening to on his headphones is "The World is Yours," which features the lyric "I sip the Dom P, watchin' Gandhi till I'm charged." Ben Kingsley won an Oscar for portraying the title character in Gandhi (1982).
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The scene in which Luke dances and the pavement lights up is a reference to Michael Jackson's video of his song "Billie Jean."
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When Stephanie offers to help Dr. Squires "tag" his belongings before he moves out, the CD she writes on is "Scarlet's Walk" by Tori Amos, which was released in 2002, 8 years after the movie is set.
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Curlz, the font used on Stephanie's yearbook page, was not released until 1995.
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An establishing shot of a Long Island Railroad train shows a train with model M-7 cars. The M-7 railcar was not introduced into service until 2002.
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Luke Shapiro: Do me a favor, Steph?
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Stephanie: It doesn't matter.
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Grandma Shapiro: Luke, have you had any more thoughts about what you're gonna be as far as a profession goes?
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A Note Regarding Spoilers
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
Is "The Wackness" based on a novel?
No. The Wackness is an original script by writer-director Jonathan Levine. A novelization of the screenplay was published in July 2008.
Which songs are featured on the soundtrack?
Music featured in The Wackness:Nas - "The World is Yours"Raewkon - "Heaven and Hell"The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Method Man "The What"DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince "Summertime"Donovan - "Season of the Witch"Biz Markie - "Just a Friend"Total featuring the Notorious B.I.G. "Cant Ya See"A Tribe Called Quest - "Can I Kick It"Faith Evans - "You Used to Love Me"R. Kelly - "Bump 'N Grind"The Pioneers - "Long Shot Kick de Buckettfont"Vomit Launch "Exit Lines"Craig Mack - "Flava in Your Ear"Wu-Tang Clan - "Tearz"Wu-Tang Clan - "C.R.E.A.M."Method Man feat. Mary J. Blige - "I'll be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By"Mott The Hoople - "All the Young Dudes"The Velvet Underground - "Sister Ray"Neil Young - "Out on the Weekend"Souls of Mischief - "93 'Til Infinity"The Smashing Pumpkins - "Disarm"
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Photos from cast
Talia Balsam