A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The importance of seeking community at times of need, like when you're grieving or going through a profound personal loss. Standing up for what you believe in.
Positive Role Models
Ubukata shows resilience as he tries to uncover the truth despite resistance from others around him. He's surrounded by people who try to bend facts to their benefit and also shows the importance of teamwork as he starts working with Chizuru.
The large ensemble is mostly Japanese but, despite their wide range in age, most actors fit into conventionally attractive body types and sizes. There isn't much variety in terms of characters beyond the heterosexual norm, and a wheelchair user is mostly an accessory to get the story going, rather than a fully-formed character.
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Violence & Scariness
An elderly wheelchair user is pushed into a swimming pool. A dead body is shown with traces of blood. Talks of murder without anything graphic shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Talks of affairs and cheating without any graphic scenes. A shirtless man.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that In Love and Deep Water is a Japanese murder mystery with some romantic aspects. Violent and scary scenes include a wheelchair user being pushed into a pool and a dead body with blood traces. There is talk of romantic affairs and a man appears shirtless. Characters drink alcohol at a party. Despite the ensemble being Japanese and quite wide in age range, most of the characters fit into conventionally attractive body shapes and sizes. A wheelchair user is used as an accessory to move the plot forward, as opposed to being a fully formed character. Positive messages include the importance of seeking community to get through tough times. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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