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The Wackness | 2008 | R | - 8.3.9

A depressed high school senior (Josh Peck) preparing for graduation also runs a successful marijuana dealing business from an Italian ice cart, which he pushes through the streets without raising suspicion. When he meets a psychiatrist (Ben Kingsley), he exchanges drugs for counseling, and strikes up a relationship with the psychiatrist's stepdaughter (Olivia Thirlby). Also with Famke Janssen, Mary-Kate Olsen and Method Man. Directed by Jonathan Levine. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A young man and a young woman shower together on a beach, (his bare back and buttocks are visible), and they have sex against a wall: he thrusts, she moans, they kiss and we hear him climax.
 A husband and wife have sex while watching a porn movie on TV (we see the wife thrusting on the man's lap and we see the woman on the TV screen bare-breasted thrusting on someone off-screen).
 A young man thrusts on top of a young woman who complains when he climaxes quickly. A young man and a young woman lie in bed kissing, she tells him to take off his pants, he asks her for a condom, she climbs on top of him and thrusts briefly.
 A young man lies in bed looking at a yearbook photo of a young woman he is infatuated with, he reaches down his pants and begins to masturbate while imagining the young woman walking toward him, asking him to "do dirty things" to her; he is interrupted before he climaxes.
 A man and a much younger woman kiss passionately while she straddles him in a telephone booth (we hear her moaning) and they are interrupted.
 A young man kisses the back of a young woman neck and it is implied that they have had sex. A young man tries to kiss a young woman, she protests, and then she kisses him. A young man and a young woman kiss and caress each other.
 A young man riding a subway fantasizes while looking at a young woman in a short skirt sitting across from him, and talks about seeing bare thighs and panties (we do not see panties).
 A young woman tells a young man that she will teach him how to have sex. A man tells a young man to befriend a girl and then, when he has her trust, to kiss her and to "Stick your tongue so far down her throat that she chokes"; the young man asks if he can touch a part of her anatomy. A man and a young man tell each other, using crude terms, that they need to have sex. A man tells a young man, in crude terms, that he will take him out to a place where he can find women to have sex with. A young woman talks about a patient of her father's being a chronic masturbator and describes the extremes of his condition. A young man talks about having had sex with a young woman who was drunk. A young woman and a young man talk about him being a virgin. A man asks a young man if he is having "trouble getting laid." A young woman asks a young man if he and her stepfather are "gay together." A man in a jail cell says that he is there because he stabbed his wife in the vagina.
 Young men and young women dance together at a party.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man in a jail cell says that he is there because he stabbed his wife in the vagina. A man swims out into the ocean after telling a young man that he is going to kill himself, and the young man chases him (they are both fine later). A man tells his wife that his patient committed suicide. A young man asks another man if he ever wanted to kill himself. A husband and his wife argue in several scenes. A husband and his wife tell their son that they might be evicted.
 Two men with guns stand at the entrance to a drug dealer's place in a couple of scenes. A young man and a man write graffiti on a glass wall, they are snatched by police and taken to jail.
 A man has scratch marks on his cheek and it is implied that his wife struck him.
 A man drops a water balloon from an apartment window onto the sidewalk below as a man and a woman are walking by (they are not struck, but they are startled); he then goes to the window with a telephone book but he is interrupted before dropping it.
 A dog urinates on the wheel of a cart (we see the stream). A man urinates (we hear a trickle). A young man vomits on the floor of a bar after drinking too much alcohol.


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LANGUAGE 9 - 45 F-words, 2 obscene hand gestures, 14 sexual references, 19 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (loser, stupid, crazy), 1 religious profanity, 6 religious exclamations, a dog's name is Jesus Christ.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man snorts cocaine and takes a cocktail of multiple prescription medications with alcohol (we see his dog wearing a note around its neck that reads: "Take care of me, my owner killed himself"), a young woman snorts cocaine, a man smokes marijuana cigarettes and from a water pipe in several scenes, a man smokes a marijuana cigarette and has it dangling from his lips when he is arrested by two police officers for graffiti, young men and women smoke marijuana cigarettes, tobacco and drink alcohol at a party, and a young man and a young woman drink beer and smoke a marijuana cigarette together. People drink a lot of alcohol in a bar scene, a young man drinks alcohol from a bottle, and a man drinks alcohol. A young man smokes a cigarette, and a woman and a young woman smoke cigarettes in many scenes. A man takes a prescription medication and we see his medicine cabinet filled with many vials of medicine. A young woman dances in a park and tells a young man that she and her friend just ate mushrooms, a young man is shown in many scenes selling marijuana, a young man is shown measuring and packaging marijuana for sale, and a young woman offers a young man a Ritalin tablet (he does not accept).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Psychiatry, family, love, friendship, suicide, drug dealing, loneliness, divorce, jealousy, heartbreak, eviction.

MESSAGE - Embrace your pain and don't rely on medications to get through it.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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