The Wackness

Jonathan Levine’s The Wackness was the most inimitably Sundance-y film at Sundance this year, from its self-consciously irreverent casting (including SIFF honoree Ben Kingsley as a perpetually stoned, chronically masturbating New York City shrink and Mary-Kate Olsen as a wind-in-her-hair neo-beatnik) to its white-boy fetishizing of hip-hop culture (rarely has the word “mad” been so frequently invoked as an adverb). Bad memories of Igby Goes Down and The Chumscrubber abound, and yet The Wackness turns out to have a surprisingly sweet center, particularly in the scenes between its brooding, pot-dealing Holden Caulfield surrogate (Josh Peck) and his sorta-kinda girlfriend (well played by Juno co-star Olivia Thirlby). And look for Seattle Rep alum Jane Adams in a supporting role. (R) Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 324-9996, www.siff.net. $9–$11. 6:30 p.m. (Also: Cinerama, 2100 Fourth Ave., 6 p.m. Sun., June 15.) SCOTT FOUNDAS

Fri., June 13, 6:30 p.m.; Sun., June 15, 6 p.m., 2008

 
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