Water Under the Bridge starts with enigmatic promise: Jake O'Connor (Scott Cooper, the bastard child of Ben Affleck and Ethan Hawke) returns to San Francisco after an extended absence, revisiting a past that involves a dead friend, an alcoholic mother (Theresa Russell), and a father that might be the culprit in both scenarios.

Before long, Jake's got a job and an apartment, and he's romancing his single-mom landlord (Gabrielle Anwar) while making inroads with his old family and trying to exorcise those demons.

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