A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Poor/criminal behavior, from infidelity to murder, has no consequences.
Positive Role Models
The two main characters, despite being seemingly decent parents to their daughter, are flat-out terrible people who get away with terrible behavior and choices, including cheating and murder.
Lil Rel Howery appears as a "best friend" in a few party scenes, but this story is largely focused on White, privileged males. Story is centered on a couple but is definitely told from male point of view.
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Violence & Scariness
Person's head is bashed, with lots of oozing blood. Rock hurled at someone's head; more blood. Weighing down corpse with rocks to sink it in water. Character falls down hill. Dead body floats in pool. Body accidentally dropped on concrete. Man strikes woman in the face. Shouting, arguing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A character has many different sexual partners. Woman shown topless. Rough sex, with thrusting and moaning. Kissing. One character kisses another's bottom. Character lowers head to another's lap in a car, bites. A woman pulls up her skirt, touches herself, holds her fingers to another character's nose. Strong flirting. Reference to "cleavage" in party dress. Strong sex-related dialogue.
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Strong language, with many uses of "f--k." Also "s--t," "motherf----r," "a--hole," "cum," "dumbass," "slut." "Jesus Christ" used as an exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A main character is frequently drunk, although no alcohol dependency is suggested. Many parties with social drinking. Cigarette smoking. Pot smoking; characters are said to be "high." Father shares wine with young daughter.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Deep Water, based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, is an erotic thriller directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas. Several sex scenes are shown, some of them rough, with thrusting and moaning. A woman is seen topless, characters kiss, and there's sex-related dialogue and other explicit moments. Violence includes scenes of killing, oozing blood, dead bodies, a woman being slapped in the face by a man, shouting, and arguing. "F--k" is used frequently, as are "s--t," "motherf----r," "a--hole," "goddamn," etc. One of the main characters is frequently drunk, with no consequences. Social drinking, cigarette smoking, and pot smoking are also shown, and a father lets his young daughter have a sip of wine. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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