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Deep End of the Ocean, The
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by Chef ADogg

"I don't know why I'm supposed to hate this."
3 stars

Alright, so that Pfieffer chick is in it and it's based on a best selling (chick) novel and it's pretty soapy and corny, but...You know what? I really didn't mind all that shit. I think I'm secure enough in my masculinity to admit that this was a pretty good movie.

The plot is supposed to be the hook, and I guess it is for the core audience (middle aged suburban women--it's a Soccer Mom premise), but the catch really wasn't played out so well. The idea of a mother leaving her two young sons for five minutes at a crowded high school reunion, only to return to find one of them missing, is pretty horrific on paper, but as staged by the makers of "Deep End of the Ocean," it's not nearly as compelling on film.

After the shaky beginning, though, the film really heats up. Pfieffer struggles with guilt and the resentment of her husband (Treat Williams), and they both deal with the angsty misadventures of their teenaged son (Jonathon Jackson). As if all this made-for-TV tension weren't enough, one day the prodigal son shows up on the doorstep, lawnmower in tow.

The film's biggest strength is that it doesn't play the child off as a little saint--he has his own issues, and he realistically wants to return to the father he's known all his life. Also key is the twisting and turning of the moral screws as Pfieffer wrestles with what's best for the child and what's best for her family.

Will the child stay? Will the bliss ever return to this now crumbled marriage? Can this family ever be a family again?

Who gives a shit. All I really care about are the performances. Pfieffer is excellent in her role, and handles her profanity well (it's rare you find an actress who can so convincingly use the word "fuck"). Williams is someting of a straight-to-cable joke, but nearly redeems himself with the wrenching work he does here--his character is by turns selfish, noble, caring, angry, and always realistic.

Jonathon Jackson looks like yet another soap star who could parlay small time TV success to big time box office--sensitively and singularly talented, he hits all the right notes and delivers what is probably the film's most in tune performance.

I would, however, like to forget about Whoopi Goldberg's turn as a black lesbian detective. Stuffing so many characteristics on to such a small character reeks of free-spirit posturing, but she doesn't have enough screen time to really fuck shit up.

It's a chick flick, but I think anybody who likes movies will dig it. Heavy handed at times and melodramtic at others, it provides a mistily entertaining glimpse at shattered hopes, dreams, and family ties. Shit, even ole Chef almost cried.


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originally posted: 09/02/99 19:30:40
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User Comments

2/21/14 Monday Morning Treat Williams is just that - a Williams. 3 stars
9/02/04 Sugarfoot Another clunker from Treat.. 1 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Too-pat resolutions to complex domestic matters. Williams, though, is excellent. 2 stars
2/25/03 j. Adler could have been a better film, though not bad. 3 stars
7/06/02 hilarydsur awesome 5 stars
3/05/02 Jenny Tullwartz Premise gets attention, but depend on M. Pfeiffer to get it to the cheap end of the notion. 2 stars
9/14/01 Palaboy The movie is ok, much better than the average drama Hollywood churns out. 4 stars
9/13/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble I wish whoopie would jump into the deep end of the ocean. 1 stars
1/11/00 Bozo More than a tv movie thanx to Pfeiffer & esp. Jackson, who is the heart of the movie 4 stars
10/27/99 Stasy Incredible movie.Jackson and Pfeiffer are incredibly cute. 5 stars
9/03/99 Chef ADogg Why was it called "Deep End of the Ocean"? 3 stars
8/12/99 Elodie Q. GREAT ! 5 stars
5/19/99 MRHOLLYWOOD !! Whoopi was the shark in this ocean,she's the only thing that kept me in my chair,too T.Vish 3 stars
5/10/99 sonia and Michelle are awesome, the storyline is dramatic and really sweet. 5 stars
4/12/99 mike why is whoopie goldberg regarded as the black most acceptable to white audiences? 3 stars
4/08/99 Big Jimmy i would rather be in the deep end of the ocean then sitting through this again 1 stars
3/26/99 kmk jonathan jackson a real talent, otherwise to tv-dramatized. pfeiffer solid. 3 stars
3/18/99 Lindsay excellent performances, faithful adaptation of a wonderful book 4 stars
3/17/99 Mr Showbiz Both Pfeiffer and Jackson give stunning, powerful performances. 4 stars
3/16/99 Jennie James They cut most of Jothan Jackson's screen time, That sucks! 2 stars
3/15/99 Tony K. Writers left out some vital elements of book, but Jonathan Jackson is excellent as son #1. 3 stars
3/13/99 buddy Michele Pfeiffer is worth the ticket price, what a great actress. 4 stars
3/09/99 Kirgo1 I'ts so revolting I would rather watch a tv movie starring Meridth Baxter 1 stars
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