Head Above Water
Judge marries bimbo and gets all that he deserves; that's the short version.
Long version: Judge George (Harvey Keitel) and his local buddy, Lance
(Craig Sheffer), go fishing on a boat (as men are wont to do) foolishly leaving
the judge's young, attractive wife, Nathalie (Cameron Diaz), alone on the
island when her young and good looking ex-boyfriend Kent (Billy Zane) turns
up unexpectedly. Knowing she's safe with an old friend, she joins him in
drink and celebration and, much to her surprise, wakes with little memory of
the night before. Not to worry; no sex has transpired; she has remained
faithful to the term wedlock. Kent, however, who is still naked in the married
couple's bed, is very dead. Naturally, Nathalie's first thoughts are of how
jealous George will be and so she does what any bimbo would do; she hides
the body in the cellar. This starts off a chain of events from which there is no
turning back (to say the least) and one can enjoy a few laughs along the way
while following and trying to figure out the twists and turns. Things go from
bad to worse until even the talent of Harvey Keitel is unable to save the day.
Scriptwriter Theresa Maria and director Jim Wilson owe, I would venture,
more than a passing debt to Hitchcock and one wonders, finally, why the film
simply hasn't been titled "The Trouble With Kent."
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