The nineties was the golden age for music. For me, it was mainly about Hip Hop, Rock n Roll and the Rave/Drum and Bass scene. Before Myspace, before Ipods and let's not forget, even before mobile/cell phones. I'm not sure if it was just because I was a teenager and I was trying to find myself, but music seemed so much better back then. The old cliche of your high school years being the best years of your life tends to resonate. Especially when a movie like The Wackness comes along.
Shapiro is a high school graduate just trying to get by in NYC. Set in the nineties, the music lends itself to appear as another character in the film, using Hip Hop as the important backdrop, with nineties classics such as Biggie Smalls and Tribe Called Quest. Working as a pot dealer during the Summer, Shapiro begins to face what the rest of his adulthood will hold for him. The complications of love, self-esteem and what your role in this world is. With co-stars Ben Kingsley, Olivia Thurlby (playing his love interest) and Method Man, this will be a classic for all those who can identify with those awkward years of angst and thinking you knew it all.