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WAVES (2019)

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WAVES (2019)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 136

Release dates 17/01/2020, 15/11/2019

Ratings Info strong language, drug misuse, violence

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Trey Edward Shults

Cast includes Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie, Bill Wise, David Garelik, Justin R. Chan

Summary WAVES is a US drama in which a suburban family struggles to cope with a traumatic series of events.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 07/01/2020

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

WAVES is a US drama in which a suburban family struggles to cope with a traumatic series of events.


There is use of strong language (‘f**k’, ‘motherf**ker’) throughout. Milder terms include 'bitch', 'pussy', 'dick', 'nigga', 'shit' and 'asshole'. One scene features aggressive uses of the term ‘nigger’, but the work does not condone racism.


People are shown misusing drugs including opioid pain-killers and marijuana. Another scene shows people tripping on ecstasy.


A teenager strikes and accidentally kills his girlfriend during an argument, resulting in brief but strong bloody aftermath images.

A moderate scene of sex shows one person thrusting on top of another under bedcovers. This scene also features a verbal reference to 'coming'. In another scene we see a person masturbating to pornography, without strong visual detail. Other issues include scenes of bereavement and terminal cancer, including sight of a dying man coughing up blood. There are also brief images of aborted foetuses on posters at an anti-abortion protest.

This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.



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