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Lessons in Lifesaving (2011)

| Short, Drama | 2012 (USA)
Skye (11) is going to be a national swimming star, a celebrity lifeguard - theres just one problem - she is stuck in the worlds worst swimming class. Drawn to beautiful icy champion swimmer... See full summary »

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Catherine Holden ...
Skye
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Nikki
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Gary
Joshua DaCosta ...
Brian the Lifeguard
Jo Asker ...
Liz (Coach)
Sydnie Haines ...
Skye's friend (as Sydnie Haynes)
Maria Bloomfield ...
Aimee
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Ben Jacobs
Oliver Malcolm ...
Jack
Simon Chappell ...
Dad
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Skye (11) is going to be a national swimming star, a celebrity lifeguard - theres just one problem - she is stuck in the worlds worst swimming class. Drawn to beautiful icy champion swimmer Nikki (32) she learns that lifesaving is not what it seems. Written by Anonymous

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Catherine Holden was chosen for the lead role Skye out of more than 200 auditionees in London, Los Angeles and New York. She had no diving experience at the time but insisted on attempting her own stunts. During the filming of the underwater fight sequence at the bottom of the underwater took the respirator the wrong way from her safety diver and had to be rescued. See more »

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Meh
18 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that probably looked better on paper than it did in film. It's a short story about a girl named Skye who wants to be a celebrity lifeguard and needs this woman (Nikki) to help her train for some unknown reason. I've no idea how Skye knows that Nikki has life-guarding skills in the first place or why she's so keen on having Nikki in particular do it, despite being rebuffed and almost drowned by her; the character is far too young to have sexual motives, so the entire situation seems a bit contrived.

Having said that, it sort of works overall, even if some of the dialogue is silly in places. Nikki is being constantly tailed by a minder and apparently has some sort of dark secret that's never revealed (this sounded like a far more interesting plot device, but unfortunately it doesn't go anywhere). Yeah, okay I get the plethora of obvious metaphors, but the implication that the Skye "saves her life" (in a manner that no one - especially not a kid - ever would), isn't exactly true; after all's said and done, Nikki's situation is no better at the end than it was as at the start.

On a final note: The casting left me somewhat puzzled. The only named character that I remember was Skye (I don't think Nikki's name was ever mentioned) and I don't remember any of the other named characters either, so I'm left wondering who they were. Maybe there's an extended cut floating around somewhere - that might explain a lot.


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