We Love the '90s

Remembering the Good Times at a Cinema Society Screening


Vintage hip-hop and youthful indiscretions were the nostalgia trips of choice at Wednesday night's Cinema Society screening of The Wackness, the buzzed-about coming-of-age tale set in the early days of Rudy Giuliani's New York. The likes of Rob Thomas, Maggie Rizer, and Ann Dexter-Jones joined director Jonathan Levine and actors Sir Ben Kingsley and Mary-Kate Olsen for a sneak preview, followed by an after-party on the rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel. So what was the cast doing in 1994, while the new mayor was ridding the streets of errant squeegee men? Olivia Thirlby, who plays a too-cool-for-school heartthrob, was watching Disney movies and "wearing multicolored fleeces and headbands." (In her defense: She was eight years old.) Meanwhile, Sir Ben explained that he arrived on set a hip-hop neophyte, blissfully unaware that his co-star Method Man was kind of a big deal. "My sons were saying, 'Dad! Do you have any idea who you're with?' "

—Darrell Hartman

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