"Waves" is a 2019 American drama film directed by Trey Edward Shults.
The starring cast includes Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Tyler Williams, Lucas Hedges as Luke, Taylor Russell as Emily Williams, Alexa Demie as Alexis Lopez, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Catherine Williams, Sterling K. Brown as Ronald Williams, Clifton Collins Jr. as Bobby Lopez, Neal Huff as Bill, Vivi Pineda as Elena Lopez, Bill Wise as Coach Wise and others.

Here are "Waves" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Waves movie?

A24 on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 released the trailer for "Waves" you can watch here:
Waves | Official Trailer HD | A24.

Plot summary

What is Waves movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Waves" movie plot summary.

Tyler Williams (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) is a popular high school senior on the wrestling team. He parties with his friends and spends time with his girlfriend, Alexis Lopez (Alexa Demie), but is routinely pushed to be better by his domineering father, Ronald. Unbeknownst to anyone, Tyler suffers from a Level 5 SLAP tear, which he keeps secret from his family and team by stealing his father's painkillers. Against the recommendation of his doctor, Tyler continues to wrestle competitively until he is thrown onto his shoulder during a match, causing irreparable damage and ending his season, as well as his career. Tyler's life is further complicated when he receives a text from Alexis, who reveals that her period is late, indicating that she is pregnant. He takes her to get an abortion, but she has a last-minute change of heart. On the way home, the couple has a fight and Alexis walks home alone.
Distraught, Tyler begins drinking heavily and abusing drugs. Eventually, Tyler texts Alexis, who is willing to mend their relationship. She tells Tyler that she has decided to keep the child with support from her family, but when Tyler demands to speak to her in person, Alexis breaks up with him and blocks his number, sending him into a rage as he destroys his bedroom. The night of the school's "Maverick Ball", a grounded Tyler goes on Instagram and sees a picture showing Alexis posing with another boy. He gets drunk and high and attempts to leave the house, but is confronted by his stepmom, Catherine (Renée Elise Goldsberry). His father attempts to defuse the situation, but Tyler throws him to the floor and leaves.


Who plays who in the Waves movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Waves" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Kelvin Harrison Jr.  as Tyler Williams a high school senior and competitive wrestler
Lucas Hedges  as Luke one of Tyler's teammates and Emily's love interest
Taylor Russell  as Emily Williams Tyler's younger sister
Alexa Demie  as Alexis Lopez Tyler's girlfriend
Renée Elise Goldsberry  as Catherine Williams Tyler and Emily's stepmother
Sterling K. Brown  as Ronald Williams Tyler and Emily's father
Clifton Collins Jr.  as Bobby Lopez Alexis' father
Neal Huff  as Bill
Vivi Pineda  as Elena Lopez Alexis' mother
Bill Wise  as Coach Wise
David Garelik  as Ryan a friend of Tyler
Krisha Fairchild  as English Teacher
Harmony Korine  as Mr. Stanley
Justin R. Chan  as Chang
Joshua Brockington  as Stan
Albert Link  as Minister
Holland Hayes  as Doctor Steve
Ruben E. A. Brown  as Wally (as Ruben E.A. Brown)
David Anthony Payton  as Security Guard
Lulu Braha  as Protestor
Jon Brudzinski  as Cop 1 (as Jonathan Brudzinski)
Jeffrey Hersh  as Cop 2 (as Jeff Hersh)
Dennis Deveaugh  as Cop 3
George Greer  as Judge
Avis-Marie Barnes  as Doctor

Release date

When is Waves movie release date?

"Waves" movie release date was scheduled to be on August 30, 2019 (Telluride), on November 15, 2019 (United States), on January 17, 2020 (United Kingdom) and on July 16, 2020 (Germany) distributing by A24 (United States), Focus Features, Universal Pictures International (UPI), Cine Canibal, Elevation Pictures, Phantom FIlm and United International Pictures (UIP).


What are Waves filming details?

The duration of the film is 135 minutes. The film grossed over $2.6 million.

"Waves" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.

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


What are critics and audiences saying about Waves movie?

"Waves" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.6/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 84/100.

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