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 Catharine 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 SLAP tear which he keeps secret from his family and team by stealing Ronald's painkillers. Tyler sees a doctor about this, who warns him of the severity of his injury and highly recommends undergoing surgery before it's too late. 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. This leads to a heated argument between her and Tyler, who 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 in which he destroys his room and is grounded afterwards.

Cast

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

About

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 had received a "R" rating.

Rating

Waves got high rating from critics.

External links

IMDB: Waves

Wikipedia: Waves (film)

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