Waist Deep (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Waist Deep (2006)



Critic Consensus: A well-meaning B-movie that suffers from a cliche-ridden script and poorly drawn characters that fail to inspire much sympathy.

Movie Info

To save his son from ruthless gangsters, a streetwise ex-con finds himself coerced into performing a series of crimes in this gritty thriller. Waist Deep features Tyrese Gibson as O2, a young father and recent parolee whose life on the outside is upended when his young son Junior is taken hostage after an auto-theft gone wrong. After learning that his boy is in the hands of a mob boss named Meat (The Game), O2 is forced to break the law once again to satisfy his demands, and teams up with Coco (Meagan Good), a hooker with ties to Meat, to get into the gangster's inner sanctum and save his son. Waist Deep marked the acting debut of rapper The Game.more
Rating: R (for strong violence and pervasive language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Vondie Curtis-Hall, Darin Scott
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 10, 2006
Box Office: $21.3M
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H. Hunter Hall
as Otis Junior
Shawn Parr
as Newscaster #1
William Duffy
as Newscaster #2
Kimora Lee Simmons
as Fencing House Lady
Wade Allain-Marcus
as Gangster #2
Ray Bengston
as White Security Guard
Paul Terrell Clayton
as Black Security Guard
Earl Minfield
as Bank Manager
Dagmar Stansova
as Bank Woman
Kasi Lemmons
as Angry Black Woman
Laura Miro
as Newscaster #3
Dawn Reavis
as Newscaster #4
Dylan Tays
as Newscaster #5
Michael Eric Dyson
as Radio Guest
Julio Omar González
as Male Radio DJ
Julius Denem
as P Money
Vernon Hawthorne
as Meat's Bodyguard
Farley Jackson
as Meat's Bodyguard
Sean Anthony Moran
as Impatient Jacker
Kevin Scott
as Go Mobile Driver
Yolanda Whittaker
as Female Radio DJ
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Critic Reviews for Waist Deep

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (30)

From its non-committal title downwards -- we're a bit worse than ankle deep, but not quite neck deep -- the film includes a final shot that is almost surreal in its implausibility. Waist Deep? More like Deep Waste.

Full Review… | November 2, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Curtis Hall keeps slipping in surprising social and emotional flavorings rarely found in [this] genre.

Full Review… | July 5, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The Game attempts to exude menace through hardcore forehead-wrinkling and gangsta nose-crinkling, but his efforts are more comic than sinister.

Full Review… | June 29, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

For its ever shifting attitudes toward men, women, and murder, Waist Deep is one of the sloppiest movies ever to reach the screen.

Full Review… | June 27, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Would most likely have made for a decent late-night Cinemax staple, but its stabs at higher significance only bring on the giggles.

Full Review… | October 21, 2007

A waste of time!

Full Review… | April 9, 2007
Awareness Magazine

Audience Reviews for Waist Deep


His son. His life. His freedom. He's taking them all back.

Very good movie. I enjoyed it alot, It had a good conflict from beginning to end which kept you intrigued the whole time. Great ending they way it should be. I gotta say Meagan Good to me is the hottest most sexiest black woman alive, her lips are perfect meant to be kissed, what a body, smoking HOT!

In South Los Angeles, while bringing his beloved son Junior back home from school, the paroled ex-convicted O2 promises his son that he would always come back to him and never leave him alone. However, his car is hijacked and Junior is kidnapped. Without any lead, O2 forces the street vendor Coco to help him to find where his car might have been sent for disassembling. Meanwhile, O2's addicted brother Lucky discovers that the cruel leader of the Outlaw Syndicate, the drug lord Meat, is keeping the boy arrested in a room and asking a ransom of US$ 100,000.00 that he believes O2 have from an old heist. O2 and Coco plot a scheme to put the pimp P-Money and Meat against each other and steal their money.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


Really good action romance.Starring Tyrese.

Alexander Wilson

Super Reviewer


Awful movie. The only bright spot was Meagan Good.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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