Parents' Guide to

Deep Water

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sex, drinking, language in ridiculous erotic thriller.

Movie R 2022 115 minutes
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A cheesy erotic thriller from a veteran of the genre, based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, may sound like movie gold, but the end result is eye-rollingly ridiculous. Adrian Lyne, the octogenarian director of Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal, and Unfaithful, returns after a 20-year gap with Deep Water. It begins well, setting up a simmering tension between Affleck and de Armas, both of whom seem committed to their roles; Affleck is chillingly stoic, while de Armas is recklessly sensual. But things quickly fall apart as we realize that this couple seems to do nothing except go to parties every night with the same people.

Not to mention that, no matter how broken up Melinda may seem over the loss of her most recent conquest, she immediately starts pursuing a new one. There's no sense of time passing between events or of anything building; everything seems reset at the beginning of every sequence. This is marked by Affleck's magical movie beard, which remains exactly the same length in every scene. Moreover, attempts to build symbolism around Vic's collection of live snails (?) and his daughter's love of "Old McDonald Had a Farm" simply hit a wall, and Deep Water starts to feel shallower and shallower as it heads toward its gloomy, pathetic conclusion.

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