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THE WEIGHT OF WATER

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The Weight of Water

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
105 minutes
Limited Release Date:
11/01/02
performer:
Sean Penn, Sarah Polley, Elizabeth Hurley, Josh Lucas, Catherine McCormack
director:
Kathryn Bigelow
distributor:
Lions Gate Films
author:
Alice Arlen, Christopher Kyle
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C-

Anyone who requires further proof after the sub dud ”K-19: The Widowmaker” that Kathryn Bigelow and water don’t mix need only check out the director’s other soggy 2002 thriller — which was shot before K-19 but sat in dry dock for more than two years. A nearly catatonic Penn mumbles through his role as a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose wife (Braveheart’s Catherine McCormack) becomes obsessed with an 1873 murder case while on a boat trip with Penn’s brother (Sweet Home Alabama’s Josh Lucas) and his sultry girlfriend (Hurley). Bigelow awkwardly crosscuts between 19th-century flashbacks and scenes of Hurley sunbathing topless. Even that sight can’t wake up Penn — or the audience.

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