Parents' Guide to

In Love and Deep Water

By Jose Solis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Slow-paced mystery has mild violence and peril.

Movie NR 2023 125 minutes
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Japanese murder mysteries often skim over the actual mystery and focus on the mundane lives of the characters around them. For better or for worse, In Love and Deep Water is no exception. Although the plot hints of Agatha Christie, the delivery lacks thrills, making the setting, a luxury cruise ship, the most exciting aspect of the film.

Although focusing on the downstairs/upstairs dynamics of the cruise ship would've been a fascinating sociological study, given the ample assortment of characters, the film never achieves depth on any level. Not that frivolous entertainment, in itself, isn't a worthy cause, but In Love and Deep Water doesn't allow for that either. Every time the mystery becomes the focus, the film changes its point of view, making for a harrowing experience. While that doesn't necessarily turn this into a shipwreck, it amounts to being trapped on a boat with no clear destination or arrival date.

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