Waves is a 2019 American drama film directed by Trey Edward Shults.

Official trailers

A24 on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 released the trailer:
Waves | Official Trailer HD | A24.

Story intro

Tyler Williams is a popular high school senior on the wrestling team. Outside of school, he parties with his friends and spends time with his girlfriend, Alexis Lopez, but is routinely pushed by his domineering father Ronald both physically and mentally to be better. His stepmother Catherine is more understanding of Tyler's pressures, and tries her best to connect with him. Unbeknownst to anyone at school or home, Tyler suffers from a Level 5 SLAP tear which he keeps secret from his family and team by stealing Ronald's painkillers. Tyler's doctor highly recommends undergoing surgery before it's too late, but unwilling to postpone the remainder of his season, Tyler continues to wrestle competitively until he is thrown onto his shoulder during a match, causing irreparable damage to his shoulder and ending his season, as well as his career. One night, Tyler gets a text from Alexis, who reveals that her period is late. He takes her to get an abortion, but when confronted by pro-life protesters outside the clinic, Alexis contemplates bringing the child to term, leading to a heated argument. Tyler objects to wanting to be a father at their age and in his condition. Angered by his insensitivity to her own feelings, Alexis walks home alone. Distraught, Tyler begins drinking heavily and abusing drugs at parties with his friends, and is later consoled by his younger sister Emily. Eventually, Tyler texts Alexis back, who is willing to mend their relationship. However, Alexis tells Tyler that she has decided to keep the child with support from her family. When Tyler tries calling her and demands to speak to her in person, Alexis breaks up with him and blocks his number, sending him into a rage.


Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Lucas Hedges
Taylor Russell
Alexa Demie
Renée Elise Goldsberry
Sterling K. Brown
Clifton Collins Jr.
Bill Wise
Coach Wise
Neal Huff
David Garelik
Harmony Korine
Mr. Stanley
Ruben E. A. Brown
Justin R. Chan
Joshua Brockington
Krisha Fairchild
English Teacher
Albert Link
Vivi Pineda
Holland Hayes
Doctor Steve
David Anthony Payton
Security Guard
Lulu Braha
Jon Brudzinski
Cop #1 (as Jonathan Brudzinski)
Jeff Hersh
Cop #2
Dennis Deveaugh
Cop 3
George Greer
Avis-Marie Barnes
Rebecca Edelson
Prison Visitor
Monica Kaufer
Diner Hostess


Principal photography began on July 9, 2018, in Broward County, Florida.

The film Waves was scheduled to be released on August 30, 2019 (Telluride), on November 15, 2019 (United States) and on January 17, 2020 (United Kingdom) by A24, Elevation Pictures, Focus Features and Universal Pictures.

The duration of the film is 135 minutes. The film grossed over $167,231.

The film had received a "R" rating.


Waves got high rating from critics.

External links

IMDB: Waves

Wikipedia: Waves (film)

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