Waist Deep


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.


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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.

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Critic Reviews for Waist Deep

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (28)

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.

Nov 2, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Curtis Hall keeps slipping in surprising social and emotional flavorings rarely found in [this] genre.

Jul 5, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

Jun 29, 2006 | Rating: D | Full Review…
AV Club
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For its ever shifting attitudes toward men, women, and murder, Waist Deep is one of the sloppiest movies ever to reach the screen.

Jun 27, 2006

Nothing in this story is remotely realistic, and the target audience for urban dramas -- teenage boys -- won't know what to make of its mushy romantic center.

Jun 23, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

Waist Deep is a hip, hard genre picture that begins well, but quickly gets in over its head.

Jun 23, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

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
Manu Gino

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Really good action romance.Starring Tyrese.

Alexander Wilson
Alexander Wilson

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Awful movie. The only bright spot was Meagan Good.

Lewis C.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

God, I can't believe I paid to see this confused mess of a ghetto action movie. It's predictable, cloying, embarrassingly targeted at a certain audience, and perhaps worst of all - full of product placement. Yes, EVERY prostitute in Los Angeles has a Razr cell phone. Clearly.

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

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