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Waist Deep (R)

Release Date: June 23rd, 2006 by Rogue Pictures.
The Cast: Tyrese Gibson, Meagan Good, Larenz Tate, The Game, Kimora Lee, Darris Love Directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall.

BASIC PREMISE: O2 (Gibson), an ex-convict, goes on a crime spree with Coco (Good) a beautiful hustler, while trying to raise a $100,000 ransom to get back his kidnapped son.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Waist Deep should have been more appropriately called Deep Waste. The plot has many holes, the script feels stilted and awkward, and the irritating cinematography goes all over the place, literally. Even the music is not worth mentioning. Director Vondie Curtis-Hall, who also poorly-directed Glitter, doesn’t know how to film any scenes with a hint of clarity, even simple chase sequences. Using a hand-held camera rather then a steady-cam doesn’t help to make any scenes feel more realistic—just chaotic and headache-inducing. As O2 and Coco, Tyrese Gibson and Meagan Good have no chemistry as two lovers on the run from the law like Bonnie and Clyde. Their adventure has no thrills, suspense or real drama because nothing feels the least bit believable. This movie quickly moves from boring stereotypes and clichés to mere redundancy, contrivance, and stupidity. Of course, during one failed attempt for intentional humor, co-screenwriters Vondie Curtis-Hall and Darin Scott have to include a reference to toilet humor—which is becoming a sad, new trend in Hollywood these days. The rest of the humor is unintentional and justifies the weak script. By the time the silly third act arrives, you’ll be glad this convoluted mess is finally over.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.


NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 12 IN A NUTSHELL: A convoluted, headache-inducing, pointless mess that amounts to nothing more than a waste of time.


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