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Waves (2019)

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Traces the journey of a suburban family - led by a well-intentioned but domineering father - as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.

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Trey Edward Shults
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Writer/director Trey Edward Shults talks to IMDb about collaborating with Kelvin Harrison Jr. and taking audiences on an emotional roller coaster in Waves.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Russell ... Emily
Kelvin Harrison Jr. ... Tyler
Alexa Demie ... Alexis
Bill Wise ... Coach Wise
David Garelik ... Ryan
Justin R. Chan ... Chang
Joshua Brockington ... Stan
Krisha Fairchild ... English Teacher
Renée Elise Goldsberry ... Catharine
Sterling K. Brown ... Ronald
Albert Link ... Minister
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Bobby
Vivi Pineda ... Elena
Holland Hayes ... Doctor Steve
Ruben E. A. Brown ... Wally
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Storyline

Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an astonishing ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family - led by a well-intentional but domineering father - as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, Waves is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.

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Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug and alcohol use, some sexual content and brief violence-all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Florida, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,333, 17 November 2019

Gross USA:

$1,656,240

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,738,133
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Company Credits

Production Co:

A24 See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lucas Hedges and Alexa Demie previously worked on Mid90s (2018) together. See more »

Quotes

Ronald: You have so much love to share with the world and so much life yet to live.
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Written by Kendrick Lamar and Hit-Boy (as Chauncey Hollis)
Performed by Kendrick Lamar
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Ambitious, Stylish, Anxiety-Inducing Ride
12 January 2020 | by zooey-sophiaSee all my reviews

Wow, this young director shot for the moon. The cinematography is beautiful, the anticipation was nail biting, and the plot was big and bold! For the first 90 minutes or so the film was building to a fever pitch. I got notes of the Safdie Brothers with booming sound design that really put the viewer on the edge of their seat with anxiety! But the film is called Waves, after all, and the plot then explored a number of other subplots, characters, and perspectives. I think the film ultimately tries to do more than it possibly can with so many ideas and characters, but there is a lot to enjoy here!


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