No one illuminates a time and place like a troubled teen, from the suburbs-in-crisis flicks of the 1980s, on back to Reefer Madness -- which proved the 1930s were actually just like the 80s. Here to expose the early 90s: The Wackness, debuting in LA July 3.
Starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Famke Janssen, Olivia Thirlby (you know her from Juno), and Josh Peck (you know him from Nickelodeon?), The Wackness follows socially awkward high schooler Luke Shapiro through 1994 New York City -- when the airwaves pulsed with Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest, and Rudy Giuliani was still hanging his law diploma on the mayoral wall. Luke spends his days engaged in three winning activities: dealing pot from a flavored ice cart, pining after Thirlby, and trading his pungent inventory for counseling sessions with Thirlby's stepfather, Kingsley, sporting a mullet that could redefine his career. The patient/shrink relationship deepens when Luke introduces Kingsley to his supplier (a perfectly cast Method Man), and Kingsley emits his own cry for help by frantically making out with Mary-Kate Olsen. (You go, Gandhi.)
For The Wackness trailer and three bonus teasers, hit SonyClassics.com -- because if you don't put the 90s in perspective, how will you ever understand a decade we can't even figure out how to name?