Mr. Movie

'The Wackness' contains bit of eew, lots of whoa

The title fits.

This is the strange indie movie that features then 64-year old Ben Kingsley in a make-out scene with Mary Kate Olsen (TV’s Full House) who was around 21 at the time.

It’s a definite eew.

Kingsley plays the drug and sex-addicted counselor and therapist of a young drug dealer in 1994. The kid can’t stand his personality-challenged parents and their tirades and just needs to talk. He trades pot for the sessions and a chance to ogle the man’s stepdaughter. The crush later escalates into a relationship that challenges their friendship.

The Wackness does a slow, dopey meander through writer/director Jonathan Levine’s material. When Kinglsey is interacting with Luke Shapiro (who plays the kid), the film is fascinating. He’s obviously having some fun and puts a whimsical twist on the character’s personality.

Unfortunately, everyone else is playing it straight.

And when Levine’s script takes a left turn into half-thought-through relationships, The Wackness gets just plain wacky.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Rated R for mature themes, language, drug use. It opens today at the Carmike 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself

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