R 1hr 56min (2017)
Baywatch is an underfunded lifeguard program dedicated to saving lives. The head of the program is Mitch (Dwayne Johnson), and his seasoned lifeguards are second in command Stephanie Holden (Ilfenesh Hadera) and CJ Parker (Kelly Rohrbach). Mitch from tower one on the beach, senses trouble in the water. Mitch sees a man that was windsurfing. Suddenly, he hits a big wave that throws him, and he falls deep in the water and hits his head. Mitch rushes to his rescue, dives in and saves and gets him treatment. After saving the man, Mitch noticed a couple small baggies on the beach near the water. He went in for a closer look, and it was baggies of a newer version of bath salts called flakka. It is essentially half heroin and half crack. You can see this troubled Mitch. Mitch then goes for a run. Everyone in the Bay loves and respects Mitch. He has saved or rescued several of them. Meanwhile a Baywatch recruit hopeful, who has a huge crush on CJ, named Ronnie Greenbaum (Jon Bass) is eating a carrot and begins to choke. CJ is close by and see him and performs the Heimlich, and saves him. Later is the annual try out, to test cadets to see if they have what it takes to be on the Baywatch team. A motorcycle pulls up and a guy named Matt Brody (Zac Efron) steps off, and oozes with self-confidence. He tries to hit on a girl named Summer Quinn (Alexandra Daddario). But even with all his boy band charm she shuts him down. Brody walks up to Mitch, and Mitch tells him good luck on the tryout. Brody tells him that he doesn’t have to tryout, that he already has the job. Mitch asks Stephanie what she thinks and she tells Brody, everyone tries out. Brody hands Mitch a note. It reads that Brody is to be assigned to the Baywatch team, from Captain Thorp (Rob Huebel). Mitch crumples up the note and throws it, and reaffirms their earlier statement no one gets in Baywatch without trying out. The next scene Brody is going through a Ninja Warrior type course, and Mitch tells him that was probably record time. Then Mitch said, but that wasn’t the course and you have to beat me. Then the two were flipping giant tractor tires, and each caring two refrigerators on each side of a bar on their shoulders, and then doing pullups. Mitch destroys Brody at all the events. When suddenly a woman on the pier screams for her children then jumps in the water after them. All the team jumps on ATVs, except Brody who is confused about what to do. Brody sees a motorcycle, then commandeers it and passes the team. Then he drives up on the pier to the end and dives off the bike into the water. He tries to rescue the mother, but she fights him. Mitch tells him there are two kids. Mitch saves the kids and the girls save the mother. Mitch tells him you can’t just rush up to a victim, you have to know what you’re doing. Later Mitch announces that the three new recruits will be Brody, Summer and Ronnie. The next day the team gets called to a boat on fire. The coast guard is on the way but it will be too long before they get there. The water is on fire around the boat, and the boat is also on fire. Mitch dives in and swims past the water fire. He saves three young women on the boat and sees a man lying on the boat. Mitch grabs him and jumps in the water before the boat explodes. While on the rescue boat, the man doesn’t make it, and one of the three women has flakka stuffed in her swimsuit. Mitch tells his team that they need to figure out where all flakka is coming from, and stop its distribution. Will Brody ever get over himself and become part of the team? Will the team get to the bottom of the murder and drug problem on the beach? You will have to watch and find out.
The director of this motion picture is Seth Gordon. Some of Seth’s other notable directing accolades are some tv series like Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Modern Family, The Jim Gaffigan Show, and The Goldbergs. He has also directed some films such as Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses, and Identity Theft. Seth’s vision for this film was not a remake of the series, but a reimagining. It was filled with slapstick comedy while hinting at breaking through the fourth wall.
The plot to the film was actually pretty good considering the nature of the original series, and the fact that it was changed to a comedy. The storyline was full of jokes and one liners, but not a lot of useful content. But again, it was a comedy. The CGI was terrible, and I’m not sure if the budget was just that low, or maybe it was supposed to be satirical, or it just could have been that bad. The props, and sets were really well done. The locations were perfect for the film. The wardrobe (or lack thereof) and makeup was just right for this film. You really couldn’t expect much else from this movie. The soundtrack was pretty good, with modern hip-hop songs and even the original song from the series. The acting was not bad, even when it was satire and sarcastic. The cast was fully capable of realistic acting, and did a pretty good job in the face of this knee slapping comedy. The new comer Jon Bass was very funny and I laughed quite a bit at his acting and character. Alexandra Addario did a great job in her role. I enjoyed her character in the film. Zac Efron did an ok job in his part. I’ve seen him in other parts where he was funnier, but seemed a little flat in the film. Maybe I was expecting too much. Dwayne Johnson played his charismatic lead role, to a T. His character was a little overacted, but I still enjoyed his performance. The film also had some cameos with some of the original cast. The film itself was not fantastic. But it was funny throughout most of it, and parts did make me laugh out loud. This one is a tough one for recommendations. As the standpoint of the film it was not great, but as a comedy it was good. If you are in the mood for a spectacular film with eyepopping effect, look elsewhere. But if you are looking for a fun and silly comedy to make you laugh, then this film is a good one.
This motion picture was rated R and was definitely worth the rating. This film had adult language, crude humor, sexual innuendoes, mild blood, mild gore, death/murder, adult situation, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and violence. I do not recommend this film to anyone under the age of 18 years old.