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Luke Shapiro and his therapist
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One of the strangest coming of age films you'll ever see. Directed by Jonathan Levine, set in New York in 1994, full of Black Humor and starring Josh Peck as a drug dealer who trades weed for therapy with his Hippy Teacher. The usual stoner plot of getting rich quick to stop something bad from happening ensues, because his parents can't pay the mortgage. With his parents' divorce hanging constantly over Luke's head he has somewhat of a disconnected Iron Woobie thing going on. He also masturbates 5 times a day. Also has Mary Kate Olsen in a cameo role.


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  • Hippy Teacher: Dr. Jeffery Squires, who smokes a shit ton of pot.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Luke can't perform when he first tries to have sex with Stephanie, due to having been drinking recently. After drinking coffee, he can.
  • Love Confession: Luke tells Stephanie he loves her after the pair have sex in the shower, which weirds her out.
  • May–December Romance: It's well known for having then 21-year-old Mary-Kate Olsen make out with 63-year-old Ben Kingsley.
  • Really Gets Around: Stephanie claims she has had sex with over a hundred guys besides Luke. They get sexually involved very quickly (at her instigation) and she also later slept with a friend of his.
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  • Shower of Love: Luke and Stephanie have sex in an outdoor shower on their trip.
  • Speed Sex: The first time Luke has sex with Stephanie, he climaxes almost immediately, which she's incredulous at.
  • Their First Time: Luke has sex with Stephanie, and it turns out he's a virgin beforehand.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted... kinda, make that "there are no good therapists".
  • You Need to Get Laid: This is pretty much the only advice Luke's therapist gives him.
  • Unexpected Virgin: Stephanie is surprised to learn that Luke's a virgin (though he attempts to deny it at first), presumably as he's her age and or male (but doesn't hold it against him).

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