Written and directed by Jonathan Levine, The Wackness stars Ben Kingsley,
Josh Peck, Famke Janssen, Mary Kate Olsen, Olivia Thirlby and Method Man. The film was produced by Occupant Films partners Keith Calder, Felipe Marino and Joe Neurauter. North American distribution is being handled by Sony Pictures Classics.
Set in New York in the summer of 1994, the greatest year in hip-hop, The
Wackness is a comedy about a troubled teenager (Peck) who trades pot for therapy sessions with a psychiatrist (Kingsley) intent on living his life to the fullest. The two form an unlikely friendship, but things get complicated when the kid falls for the doctor's stepdaughter (Thirlby).
Occupant Films is a Los Angeles-based production and financing company established in August 2005 by producers Keith Calder, Felipe Marino and Joe Neurauter. The Wackness is the second Occupant Films production following
Jonathan Levine's director debut All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, which
showcased at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival and was picked up by Senator US. International distribution is being handled through the Weinstein Company.
Occupant is currently in post-production on its third film, Peter Himmelstein's The Key Man starring Jack Davenport, Hugo Weaving, Brian Cox and Judy Greer.