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The Lifeguard (2013)

R | | Drama, Romance | 30 July 2013 (USA)
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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.

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Liz W. Garcia

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Liz W. Garcia
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Bell ... Leigh
Mamie Gummer ... Mel
Martin Starr ... Todd
Alex Shaffer ... Matt
Joshua Harto ... John
David Lambert ... Little Jason
Amy Madigan ... Justine
Adam LeFevre ... Hans (as Adam Lefevre)
John Finn ... Big Jason
Paulie Litt ... Lumpy
Sendhil Ramamurthy ... Raj
Mike Landry ... Officer Miller
Tom Kondilas ... Officer Federici
Carlos Velazquez ... Marco
Lisa Ann Goldsmith ... Matt's Mom
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Storyline

29-year-old Leigh is on leave from her job in New York City after feeling a sense of emptiness and sadness in her life. Leigh has returned to her parents' home, to her high school job as a lifeguard and to her high school friends still in town. But Leigh continues to struggle in finding happiness since her parents don't approve and she's bullied by local kids at the pool. Leigh finds an almost like kindred spirit in high school student Little Jason; but when their friendship turns into an illicit relationship, her friends don't approve and even more tragedy awaits Leigh in her personal journey towards happiness. Written by Anne Campbell

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Taglines:

This Summer Growing Up is Optional

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, brief graphic nudity, drug use, language and a disturbing image - some involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lifeguard See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Leigh receives a postcard that is addressed to her at "433 E. 31st St" in New York City. That address no longer exists - that entire neighborhood was cleared in 1945-6 to make room for the New York University Medical Center, which occupies that spot to this day. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, Leigh receives a postcard from Jason. Although there is a faint hint of a cancellation stamp, there is no POSTNET bar code at the bottom right of the card. Obviously, this postcard never actually went through the mail. See more »

Quotes

Leigh: Is this parking lot, like, passed down in the DNA of skaters... like a geese migratory path?
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Crazy Credits

After the last credits, a photo of Leigh is shown from when she was a lifeguard during her high school period. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.190 (2013) See more »

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Written and Performed by Ane Brun
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Bad Plot Development? Oh well, Kirsten Bell!
1 August 2013 | by tomcatjakSee all my reviews

Going into this movie, I didn't know much about it. I had seen a few previews in theaters and I had seen it promoted online a few times. Beyond that, I hadn't even thought about this movie.

As far as comedy goes, the movie isn't really funny. It has a few "haha" scenes but I don't see why they labeled this as a comedy, it has very dark themes such as depression, drugs, and sexual relationships with minors.

I didn't know where they were trying to go with the plot. It was undeveloped and shallow. I didn't have any idea what kind of people the characters were even by the end of the movie, there was little to no background on all of the characters. The most comical of all of the characters was the seeming role reversal of two of the characters, you had a control freak husband and all he cares about is starting a family, while all the wife wants to do is go out and have fun. It just doesn't seem like it was practical. The relationships are just off.

I will say that Kirsten Bell looks fantastic in a swimsuit. If that's all you care about, you may enjoy the movie. However, if you expect a movie with a decent plot and story, you should probably skip this one. The Lifeguard certainly misses its target as a deep-thought movie.


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