The Lifeguard Reviews
Good movie! The film is only exiting and exhilarating if you know before hand what Statutory Rape is and what are the consequences if you were to engage in this illicit act. In Connecticut, the legal consequence for statutory rape is prison for 10 to 20 years. Here in Florida is even worse. It means to be a registered as a sex offender for the rest of your life and not being able to live within a 3 mile radius of a High School, park or where children play. To find a place like that here in South Florida, you would have to move under a Highway and close to the Everglades swamps. Though a decidedly darker film than one would expect, tragic moments are often interrupted by a certain lightness that, in the film's conclusion, allows the audience to hope for our protagonists' future. This is definitely a film worth watching, if simply for the experience of becoming invested in this deeply character-driven story.
A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager.
While I was shaking my head near the end of the film, it did move me to a response -- albeit frustration -- evoking emotion, the task of art: to pull us out of the apathetic doldrums of everyday life.
Interesting to note that while busheling only 4.4/10 stars on Rotten Tomatoes, it's carrying 3.5/5 stars on NETFLIX.
In "The Lifeguard," Kristen Bell stars as a New York journalist who becomes mopey and decides to just leave her full time job to go back to her home town where she works as a lifeguard as a summer job.
She reunites with her family, old friends, and starts to fuck everything and everyone around her. She sparks a relationship with a 16-year-old boy who dreams of leaving the small town to live in Vermont with his dad.
This film is so cliche and sappy that I can't stand it. The story has been seen before and the only thing the filmmaker thinks he can do to make it original was what to make the title.
The Lifeguard, I give you a 40%.
Everyone can relate to life not being what they expected- you make all of these plans and timelines and then life happens and you question everything you've ever done. In this story Kristen's character wants to go back and start over....to wistfully relive those last few years of high school when you are naive about what lays in front of you. To go do what you never did but always wondered about, to go back to feeling safe instead of scared.
I just couldn't rate it higher because the tiger metaphor was used way too strongly...there's a balance to it and this time it was just referenced too many times and I kept thinking "OK I get it!!" and the whole thing needed a tighter script. Still worth a watch though, Kristen proves that really she can act.