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‘Deep water’ is an isolated adoption of an unhappy couple’s open marriage

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There’s a lot riding on Adrian Lyne’s “Deep Water,” a film that was essentially pushed into Hulu when Disney purchased Fox and had no tolerance for a picture about horny people.

Some parts of the internet have been awaiting this project as a comeback to “movies for adults,” a genre that has definitely vanished from the studio production line now that practically every film must be rated PG-13.

Adrian Lyne, 81, made his mark in Hollywood decades ago with films like Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal, and Unfaithful, which were sleek, absurd, and often fascinating tales of straying marriages and wild ambitions.

One of the selling points of Deep Water, his new adaptation of a 1957 Patricia Highsmith book, is Lyne’s return after a 20-year hiatus. Another is that the film’s actors, Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, began dating while filming in 2019.

As you may have heard, they’ve since split up, and the movie, which was intended for cinemas but was repeatedly postponed due to the epidemic, is now being released on Hulu with little fanfare.

Though this term is deeply embedded in bro culture, it also applies to receptive lovers. Aside from the complications of ablest terminology, avoiding participating in sexual interactions with persons whose worldview you find incompatible with your own has most certainly saved you from a plethora of personal tragedies.

However, if no one has sex with “crazy,” it creates a forbidden unknown, an unanswerable inquiry about what is beyond the threshold of normalcy. You can also see Doctor Strange 2.

An erotic thriller whose primary purpose appears to be to answer all of these concerns through the strength of a sassy, theatrical film version of a Patricia Highsmith novel.

The two real-life ex-spouses play a married couple who are both hot and spiteful, and they spend a lot of time abusing one other and their New Orleans neighbors. They taunt each other with lustful sighs and purrs that sound like threats as they spar around their precocious toddler.

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