Making Waves is directed, written by and stars George Saunders. George Saunders has a minor career as an actor in various made-for-video erotic films. Sample titles Femme Fontaine: Killer Babe for the CIA (1994), Real Couples: Sex in Dangerous Places (1994), Erotic Boundaries (1997), Stolen Sex Tapes (2002) and Visions of Passion (2003). Saunders has also written a surprising number of action films Blood Games (1990), Navy SEALs (1991), Vendetta (1996), Bloodsport: The Dark Kumite (1998) and the scripts for various video-released psycho-thrillers for producer Pierre David The Landlady (1997), The Night Caller (1998), The Perfect Wife (2001), The Perfect Husband (2003), Stranger at the Door (2004) and Maid of Honor (2006), as well as the interestingly titled Mutant Vampire Zombies from the Hood (2007). Making Waves was George Saunders second film as director.
Making Waves is really an erotic version of The Big Chill (1983), which was about a group of friends reuniting after many years and working out their unresolved issues. Although this is a version of The Big Chill that also comes with angels, talking seagulls and even the odd suggestion of Harvey (1950) the classic comedy where James Stewart believes in an invisible white rabbit added to the mix. In actuality, Making Waves is more of an erotic film with pretensions towards being a meaningful relationship drama. While also writing and directing the film, the blandly handsomely George Saunders casts himself in the lead role where he keeps writing himself one-liners that feel like they are straining to make pithy profundities. The film ends on a series of banal homilies where it is seen that everybody is avoiding love and that life will all turn out rosy and happy if only each of them can recognise this: I guess I use sex the way you use beer to avoid love, Betsy Monroes character realises at one point.
The worst part about the human drama is the performance of the actor playing the role of Bill. Appropriately, the person playing the part has clearly seen what a turkey Making Waves was and chose to accept no credit on the finished film. Whoever the actor is gives a terrible performance, running around ranting about an invisible bear named Oswald. Here George Saunders lacks the slightest idea how to write a credible portrait of mental illness there is not a shred of conviction to the character. On the plus side, Nicola Kelly in the role of Maya the angel and April Breneman as George Saunders ex Victoria both give credible performances amid the silliness. Mickey Rooney is the only recognisable name present and gives an awful performance as the heavenly supervisor Rooney must have needed the money in a bad way.
What might have passed as an erotic film at a stretch sinks the moment that we get to the talking seagulls. Yes, talking seagulls. And ones that are outfitted with smartass lines about hot babes, wanting to find Sealmaster exercise machines and in voices mimicking Peter Lorre, Jack Nicholson and Sean Connery. After the angel falls into the sea, the observing seagulls comment: Roger, Houston, we have a splashdown. The seagulls look in on human sex scenes: Whats this obsession you have with human copulation? Hey, sue me, Im a weird bird. Although the most mind-boggling piece of seagull dialogue is the following exchange: Humans dont know how to be romantic, You say something romantic, Let me shove my beak down your throat and upchuck my dinner in your gizzard.
(Winner in this sites Worst Films of 1994 list).