Float Parents Guide

Float, a 2023, and 2024 Canadian drama film directed by Sherren Lee, features Andrea Bang as Waverly. The story revolves around Waverly’s summer before university as she stays with her aunt in Tofino. Amid a tense relationship with her parents, Waverly finds romance with lifeguard Blake (Robbie Amell) during swimming lessons.

Adapted from a Wattpad story by Kate Marchant, the film, co-written by Lee and Jesse LaVercombe, intentionally portrayed Waverly as of Asian ancestry, drawing on Lee’s cultural background.

Float premiered at the 2023 Vancouver International Film Festival and participated in the Canadian Narrative Competition at the 2023 Calgary International Film Festival.

The commercial release is scheduled for February 9, 2024.

Movie NameFloat
GenresDrama, Romance
RatingPG-13
DirectorSherren Lee
WritersJesse LaVercombe, Sherren Lee, Kate Marchant
StarsRobbie Amell, Sarah Desjardins, Rukiya Bernard
Release DateFebruary 9, 2024 (United States)
Country of OriginUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Filming LocationsVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Production CompaniesCollective Pictures, Brightlight Pictures, Elevation Pictures

Float Plot Summary

Waverly, portrayed by the charismatic Andrea Bang, had meticulously mapped out her future, anticipating the commencement of her medical residency in the bustling city of Toronto, following a rejuvenating summer sojourn with her parents in Taipei. However, the trajectory of her life takes an unforeseen turn, catapulting her into an impromptu journey to a picturesque Canadian hamlet.

Amidst the quaint charm of this small town, Waverly crosses paths with Blake, a local lifeguard played by the charming Robbie Amell. Their fateful encounter occurs when Blake gallantly rescues Waverly from the brink of disaster during a lively beach party. As gratitude transforms into friendship, Blake extends an offer to teach Waverly the art of swimming, unraveling a tale that transcends the ordinary.

Navigating the ebb and flow of the waves, Waverly and Blake unexpectedly discover a profound connection, their hearts synchronizing with each stroke and splash. The swimming lessons become a metaphorical journey, mirroring the depth of their emotions. Against the backdrop of sunsets and starlit nights, the duo finds themselves entangled in a love story that defies the conventions of time and place.

Yet, challenges loom on the horizon. Blake‘s enigmatic ties to his past cast shadows on their burgeoning romance, and Waverly‘s impending professional commitments threaten to create a chasm between them. The idyllic summer setting becomes a crucible, testing the resilience of their love.

Adapted from the evocative novel penned by Kate Marchant, this cinematic odyssey explores the transformative power of love, the unpredictability of fate, and the courage required to navigate the crosscurrents of life. As summer wanes and autumn approaches, Waverly and Blake must grapple with the pivotal question: Can their love withstand the changing seasons, or will it be relegated to the archives of a fleeting summer romance.

Float Parents Guide

  • Language: Occasional mild language.
  • Romance: The movie contains romantic themes, including a developing relationship between the main characters. There are kissing scenes and moments of intimacy, but they are portrayed tastefully.
  • Sensuality: Some scenes involve characters in swimwear. There are swimming lessons and beach scenes, but they are presented in a wholesome manner.
  • Violence: Minimal. There might be a brief moment of tension or conflict, but it is not graphic or intense.
  • Mature Themes: The film explores themes of love, commitment, and the challenges of balancing personal and professional aspirations.
  • Drinking/Drugs: Social drinking may be depicted in a few scenes, but it is not a central focus of the movie.
  • Intensity: There are emotionally charged moments, but they are within the context of the romantic drama genre and are suitable for a PG-13 audience

Why is Float rated PG-13?

Float is rated PG-13 for mild language, romantic themes, and emotionally charged scenes.

  • Robbie Amell as Blake
  • Sarah Desjardins as Isabel
  • Rukiya Bernard as Lena
  • Andrea Bang as Waverly
  • Michelle Krusiec as Rachel Chan
  • Andrew Bachelor as Jesse
  • Keong Sim as Mr. Liu (credited only)
  • Remy Marthaller as Little Girl
  • Fiona Fu as Mrs. Liu
  • Tristan Arthurs as Ethan
  • Ghazal Azarbad as Van
  • Haven Markus as Little Boy
  • Ace Rudy Allan Carter as Lena’s Baby
  • Mirella Gibeau as Kirsten
  • James Allore as Beachgoer (uncredited)

Key Points:

  1. Plot: Waverly’s summer in a Canadian town, romantic involvement with lifeguard Blake.
  2. Cultural Representation: Waverly’s character is intentionally portrayed with Asian ancestry, reflecting the director’s background.
  3. Premiere and Festivals: Premiered at the 2023 Vancouver International Film Festival, and participated in the 2023 Calgary International Film Festival.
  4. Release Date: Scheduled for commercial release on February 9, 2024.
  5. Rating: PG-13 for mild language, romantic themes, and emotionally charged scenes.