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"The search for her son was over. The search for her family was just beginning."

The Deep End of the Ocean is a 1999 dramatic film that stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonathan Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Treat Williams and Ryan Merriman. The story is about a family who has to deal with the abduction of their young son Ben Cappadora. Michelle Pfeiffer portrays his mother Beth who is a photographer and is married to Pat who is portrayed by Treat Williams.

The story begins with the events that transpired before Ben was kidnapped. Beth had taken her children to her high school reunion and Pat was at work running the family’s restaurant. Beth is mingling with old friends in the hotel lobby and asks her oldest son Vincent to hold hands and look after Ben. Vincent lets go of Ben’s hand and the boy vanishes. A search is done for Ben but sadly he is not found. This leads Beth to become guilt ridden and she stays in her room and avoids caring for her baby Kerry and her son Vincent.

The movie then fast forwards nine years when Ben visits the Cappadora home and asks to mow their lawn. He states that his name is Sam Karras and lives two blocks away and goes to school with Kerry. Beth immediately believes that he truly is her long lost son Ben and snaps photographs of him while he is mowing the lawn.

Beth calls Candy Bliss who is portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg and tells her that she thinks Sam is Ben. Candy investigates the matter and Sam/Ben is informed that he is in fact a Cappadora and has to go and live with his biological father and leave his father George. George had no idea that his wife who had committed suicide had abducted the boy.

Ben struggles with adjusting to his new life. He tries to bond with his family. In the end, Beth allows him to go back and live with George as she feels that she has in a sense abducted the boy from his life.

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| 1999 | 1 hr 45 min | 6.4/10
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