Thursday, July 03, 2008

The Wickity Wickity Wackness

So obviously the big movie this weekend will be Hancock. It's going to make thirteenty billion dollars and entertain most people and I'm probably going to be one of them. After all the fuss I've been making about Tonight, He Comes I can't very well not go see the movie.

But if I have time to see another movie, I'll go see The Wackness.

Now I'm not a big fan of stoner comedies usually. I liked Half Baked and I liked Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, but most of the time the stupid pot head prat falling every thirty seconds doesn't really do it for me.

Fortunately this is not that kind of film. I haven't seen it yet but I read the script when it circulated on the Black List many months ago and I loved it, and from what I can tell the film is fairly true to the source material.

The story is about a kid named Luke who wants to smoke pot and get laid and figure out what the hell he's going to do with his life back in the '90s. His analyst, played by Ben Kingsley, is an even bigger mess who trades sessions for some of Luke's pot. It's not a pot film; it's a film about people who need a purpose and smoke pot to forget about the fact that they haven't found it yet. And it's funny. Luke's view of the world in particular is funny. I honestly didn't expect to like the script, but I laughed in spite of myself.

It's only playing in NY and LA this weekend but it goes wide pretty soon, in case you're looking for something a little more mellow to see once you've gotten your fill of Will Smith careening into trains.

1 comment:

  1. I'm also excited about The Wackness. I wish it wasn't just playing at the expensive theaters and way out in but-fuck Santa Monica. I think I'm going to wait for it to branch out to more appealing theaters.

    Since the writer is also the director, it's probably a safe bet that its potential for less diluted route to the screen is better. But I haven't read the script. Who knows how many sacrifices Levine had to make.

    I'm really interested in Josh Peck's career path. He's someone to watch. I guess I shouldn't be surprised at his weight loss as I used to see him on the dirt running path at Magnolia and Tujunga when I used to live in the Valley.


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