Sundance BuzzCheck™: 'The Wackness'
Going in to its late-afternoon screening today, The Wackness had been pegged by many as the “movie where one of the Olsen Twins makes out with Ben Kingsley.” After the screening, it’ll probably now be pegged more as “the movie where Ben Kingsley smokes pot and quotes the Notorious B.I.G. with Josh from Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh.”
In his introduction, festival director Geoff Gilmore called the 1994-set film — about an 18-year-old, rap-loving NYC pot dealer (Josh Peck) and the rather messed-up Upper East Side shrink (Kingsley) he befriends — a “comedy.” And it’s true, the audience laughed a great deal. But I couldn’t help but notice that most of the laughter came from the side of the massive Racquet Club theater populated with much of the cast, crew, and their friends and family. The other side…not so much. And that’s the half that left the auditorium quickly after the movie concluded (though jury members Marcia Gay Harden and Quentin Tarantino, who sat together, stuck around for a bit). It’s too bad they departed so quickly, though, because the post-show Q&A did feature one gem: Mary-Kate Olsen explained that her make-out session with Kingsley was “fun” — although she was afraid she was going to pull out his hairpiece.