“You just have this really shitty way of looking at things, you know. I don’t have that problem, I just look at the dopeness. But you it’s like just you look at the wackness.”
It’s rare when you find a film that you know will become a part of you for the rest of your life. The Wackness is one such film. I was lucky enough to see this in CineVegas and I am already proclaiming it as “The Greatest Movie Of 2008.”
There are no “bears” in the film, and Josh Peck did not grow up to become a chubby bear or anything; in fact, he has gotten slimmer and now possesses an almost Edward Norton-handsomeness to him. So why am I posting about it?
You’ll notice that I tend to reminisce a lot in this blog. I talk about the mid-’80s to mid-’90s a lot because that was the most influential time of my life. Everything in this film spoke to me in levels that I’m still trying to sort out. Sometimes, a specific line from a film can pretty much tell you if it will interest you or not:
“I got mad love for you, shorty. That’s on the real. I like — I wanna like listen to Boyz II Men when I’m with you.”
Even the trailers don’t do the film justice. I’m just hoping that this gem of a film doesn’t get lost in this summer of blockbuster movies.
Just trust me on this, it’s an honest-to-goodness heartwrenching yet uplifting coming-of-age story that you will never forget. Check out CHUD’s Devin Faraci’s review of it when he saw it at Sundance.