Critic Consensus: Baywatch takes its source material's jiggle factor to R-rated levels, but lacks the original's campy charm -- and leaves its charming stars flailing in the shallows.
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Suffice it to say, too, that there's a lot of delight to be had in the frothy union of the Bay and the Watch, much of it coming from Johnson, who carries the whole of this movie on his epically chiseled lats.
[Baywatch] won't make anyone think about anything, except maybe about where to plan their next vacation where they, too, can run in slo-mo on the sand. But, with everything else going on in the world these days, that may not be such a bad thing.
Thank heaven for Dwayne Johnson, whose foot-wide smile will not be switched off, and who saves the life of the movie. Whether it deserves to be saved is another matter.
The idea of lifeguards playing detective is so fundamentally ridiculous that making fun of it never gets old.
Audience Reviews for Baywatch
This movie all depends on what kind of humour you have, It's not made for the Baywatch TV fans really, It constantly pokes fun at the show to the point where you either except it or hate it, The film itself is very predictable we know what's going to happen and when but the cast were all pretty good, The humour is gross at times and full of dick jokes, It's not a smart film by any stretch of the imagination but it's funny and just an easy and entertaining to a point, Depending on your sense of humour that is.
It embraces camp in a ridiculous way, with obnoxious characters, shitty actors (even though Dwayne Johnson is charismatic), awful CGI (a clear indicator of a lazy director) and nothing of the kitsch charm that made the TV show so amusing and successful in the first place.
Baywatch's opening sequence sets the tone of the shows ridiculous premise immediately as it quickly recognizes itself as a parody of what was always a silly idea. Filled with referential self deprecating humor the movie excels most when being excessive. Yet for some odd reason Baywatch continually attempts to create real heartfelt moments that simply do not belong, they're both awkward and unwelcoming. It also feels like Dwayne and Zac steal the show entirely as the supporting cast gets subsidized to having little to no character and are simply along for the ride. In the end it's exactly the type of nonsensical popcorn comedy that it's intended to be but it could've been a lot more entertaining if more creative, over the top scenarios were played out and supporting roles got a chance to shine.
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