Head Above Water

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  • PG-13
  • 1997
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 6.0  (8,261)

Head Above Water is a 1996 crime comedy starring Harvey Keitel, Cameron Diaz, and Craig Sheffer. The film follows the story of Nathalie and George, a couple who are about to divorce. While on vacation at Nathalie's family's summer home on an island off the coast of Maine, Nathalie accidentally kills her ex-lover, Kent, who she discovers was planning to blackmail her.

Nathalie (Cameron Diaz) is a painter and she is spending the summer on a remote island with her husband, George (Harvey Keitel), who is a successful lawyer, and her father Lance (Craig Sheffer). Kent, Nathalie's ex-lover, arrives on the island and threatens to reveal their affair to George unless Nathalie gives him $50,000. Nathalie tells George about Kent and he becomes jealous and angry.

One day, George and Nathalie go out on a boat together, leaving Lance on shore. When Nathalie and George return, they find that Kent has drowned in the pool. Nathalie is convinced that George drowned Kent, but George insists that Kent's death was an accident.

As they try to dispose of Kent's body, they encounter several obstacles, including a nosy neighbor, a police officer, and a local fisherman. Meanwhile, their marriage becomes more strained as they both try to cover up their involvement in Kent's death.

The film is a dark comedy with a combination of suspense and drama. The characters are well-developed and the performances by the cast are excellent. Harvey Keitel's portrayal of George is particularly impressive, as he transitions from a successful lawyer to a desperate man trying to cover up his involvement in Kent's death.

Cameron Diaz gives a convincing performance as Nathalie, a woman struggling with her past and present actions. Craig Sheffer's portrayal of Nathalie's father, Lance, adds a paternal element to the story, serving as a moral compass to both Nathalie and George.

The setting of the film is also noteworthy, as the island adds to the sense of isolation and desperation felt by the characters. The soundtrack is also well done, with a mix of atmospheric and emotional songs that enhance the mood of the film.

Overall, Head Above Water is an enjoyable crime comedy that blends suspense and humor with strong performances from its cast. The film is a unique take on the typical crime genre, with a focus on the characters and their relationships rather than the crime itself.

The movie has received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its dark humor and performances, while others criticized its uneven pacing and lack of originality. However, it remains a cult classic among fans of the genre and is worth a watch for anyone looking for a dark comedy with strong performances.

Head Above Water is a 1997 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0.

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    6.0  (8,261)