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Head Above Water (1996)



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An idyllic vacation goes horribly awry when a judge's wife discovers her old flame dead in her bed. Set upon a remote island off the New England shore and based on a Norwegian film from 1993, this black comedy chronicles her desperate attempts to hide the corpse before her jealous husband returns. Although nothing actually happened that night between the wife and her old beau, who showed up for a surprise visit while her husband and best friend were off on an overnight fishing trip, things look mighty incriminating. Unfortunately, the body is not so easily hidden. Upon his return, the judge eventually deduces that something's fishy, and his wife is forced to confess the truth. Realizing that the corpse could adversely affect his career, the judge devises a grim but permanent means of disposal. It is only after the body is safely hidden that a horrible light dawns, and the woman realizes that what at first looked like an accidental death may have been murder, and she could be the killer's next victim.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Theresa Marie
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
New Line Home Entertainment

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Cameron Diaz
as Nathalie
Shay Duffin
as Policeman
as Mo--the Bird

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Critic Reviews for Head Above Water

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Diaz is largely performing in a vacuum: Keitel, unbelievable for starters as a middle-aged judge, seems unsure at which pitch to play the largely physical comedy, and Sheffer, as the best friend, is fairly vanilla.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Top Critic

Diaz, clad mostly in a one-piece yellow swimsuit, is left floundering in the shallows of a script which relies on ludicrous human behaviour and mechanical plot twists, the latter signposted by an over-emphatic score.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One moment, ''Head Above Water'' plays like a clanking melodrama, the next like a gallows comedy of corrupt yuppie manners.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

If you have to spend time with a corpse at the beach, this is better than "Weekend at Bernie's." But it's a near thing.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Debts must have been called in on this one.

January 21, 2004

Audience Reviews for Head Above Water

Not really one of the best but nice to watch. Not a bad comedy. Trying to get rid off the dead body of Billy Zane s character, some nice LOLs scenes nothing special.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


This is one edge of your seat thriller...that I never knew of...Both Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz had 'killer' instincts in this movie well into the end...see this....

Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

Dark comedy that is most remembered when it's played on late night cable. Other than that, it's completely forgotten. But Harvey Keitel's in it!

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

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