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In Deep with Ryan Lochte

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Swimmer's redemption docu lacks depth, has cursing.

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This awkward documentary offers a four-part tale of redemption that attempts to show how much Ryan Lochte has changed for the better since his drunken antics at the 2016 Rio Olympics. There are some interesting career details, including the races he's won, the records he's broken, and how his media persona, which was created to be the polar opposite of Michael Phelps', misrepresented his commitment to the sport. It also shows archived footage of what transpired on and after the infamous night that Lochte and friends went drinking in Rio de Janeiro, and reveals the long-term consequences his actions have brought for him, his now-wife Kayla, and his overall reputation in and outside of his sport.

In Deep with Ryan Lochte paints a likable enough picture of the swimmer, but he lacks the public speaking skills necessary to articulate his thoughts on camera in any real depth. Meanwhile, the fact that Lochte returned from his post-Olympic suspension only to be suspended from competitive swimming for 14 more months after posting a picture of himself getting a Vitamin B12 intravenous infusion on Instagram makes you question his ability to make smart decisions. As a result, you may find yourself wishing him the best, but not really convinced that he has what it takes to make it to his fifth Olympics.

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