Reviewed by: Christin Lockhart
Going in to see “The Deep End of the Ocean,” I knew I was in for an emotional roller coaster. I came equipped with my tissues, and was totally prepared to cry. What I was not prepared for, however, was that my ears would be accosted by so many curse words and the Lord’s name uttered in vain several times.
In “The Deep End of the Ocean”, Beth Cappadora (Michelle Pfeiffer) heads to her Chicago-based class reunion with three children in tow while hubby, Pat, (Treat Williams) stays home to work. In the crowded hotel lobby, Beth loses her 3-year-old son. Nine years later, he shows up on her doorstep, totally unaware of who she is, or who HE is. A very emotional storyline, especially for parents of young children who know that ANYTHING can happen in a matter of seconds. The deep emotions are expressed superbly, and you cannot help but relate to the characters' anguish and cry right along with them.
However, on that note, I could not finish this review without a few words of warning. While a few curse words during such a time of stress would be expected, the movie really went above and beyond. The Lord’s name was uttered in vain in everyday conversation as well as during intense moments. There is one scene of Mass, and one scene in which Beth utters a brief prayer, but it feels hypocrital given the way the whole family speaks and acts in everyday life. Also, it is worthy to note that Hollywood also managed to insert a gay character—Candy Bliss (Whoopi Goldberg), the detective on the case. While her lifestyle is not portrayed, there is a scene dedicated to her telling Beth that she is gay. It is totally out of place, and equally unnecessary.
This is not a film I would recommend for young children, and I would even hesitate for teens to see it. It was a good storyline with, unfortunately, a littered script. If you are not easily offended, this movie may be for you. But for most Christians who are discerning of what they see, please reconsider before viewing.