I had the chance to interview The Wackness writer/director Jonathan Levine and star Josh Peck over the weekend, after having seen the film for a fourth time. The Wackness is one of my favorite movies of the year so far, and if you read the site daily than you know I’ve been pushing the hell out of it. Jonathan thanked me for my support of the film, and Peck admitted to being a /Film reader, how cool is that? I said it in my review of the movie but Peck delivers a career making performance, and I really hope that’s the case.
So far I’ve been very critical of the way Sony Pictures Classics has been marketing the film. Truth is, this movie is a hard sell for any company. Every scene contains elements which aren’t allowed on screen during in green band movie trailers. This obviously makes it hard to cut a good trailer. Add that to the fact that SPC doesn’t know how to market movies and you have a recipe for disaster. Thankfully it sounds like they are going to be doing a lot of word of motuh screenings leading up to the release, which is probably the best way to get the word out about this film (especially considering most everyone I know who has seen the film so far has loved it).
Sony Pictures Classics has released six clips from the film on their film festival EPK. I think these scenes might give you a much better impression about what The Wackness is really about. Althought I don’t reccomend that you watch them all, as they are meant to be seen within the context of the film. The first three are probably better than the last three, so make your choice!
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The Wackness will hit theaters on July 3rd 2008.