The Wackness

2008 R 1h 39m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Wackness

2008 R 1h 39m Blu-ray / DVD
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In the midst of a midlife crisis, a psychiatrist forms a relationship with a teenage pot dealer, who trades his product for therapy sessions. Drugs, depression and relationships drive the action in this offbeat indie comedy.
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
  • Ben Kingsley
  • Josh Peck
  • Famke Janssen
  • Olivia Thirlby
  • Mary-Kate Olsen
  • Jane Adams
  • Method Man
  • Aaron Yoo
  • Talia Balsam
  • David Wohl
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that although this movie stars Josh Peck from the wildly popular sitcom Drake and Josh, it's definitely not aimed at the Nickelodeon show's tween fan base. The film centers around an awkward high school senior who's a marijuana dealer. Like many coming-of-age-stories, it focuses on the mature themes of burgeoning sexuality (including several love scenes, jokes about virginity, and glimpses of a naked backside and breasts), drug use (many, many shots of teens and adults smoking pot), and first love. There's also a fair amount of drinking and cigarette smoking among 18- to 20-year-olds.

Sexual Content

Several love scenes, especially when Luke attempts to lose his virginity to Stephanie. In one scene, a married couple has sex while watching porn (a topless woman is shown moaning on a hotel television). Luke's naked rear is shown during one shower-based love scene. An underage girl makes out with an older man. Dr. Squires talks a lot about sex and advises Luke to "get laid."


A character tries to commit suicide a couple of times; a wife scratches her husband's face; a drug dealer's bodyguards sport machine guns; a man says he's in jail for gruesomely hurting his wife.


Standard R-rated language -- "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y," "dick," etc. -- is used throughout the film.

Social Behavior

A teen tries to help his parents with the money he earns selling drugs. Compared to the male protagonist, a teen girl is depicted as unapologetically sexually experienced.


No overt products (unless you count marijuana), but there are many references to musicians like Notorious B.I.G., A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Kurt Cobain, Pearl Jam, and other early-'90s artists.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Near-constant marijuana use and dealing, including scenes and discussions of joints, blunts, bongs, etc. There's a great deal of underage drinking and cigarette smoking as well, plus a couple of scenes of people snorting or pill-popping prescription drugs like Ritalin and Valium.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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