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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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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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This Summer Growing Up is Optional

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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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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 »

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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 »

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Leigh: I'm not invisible. I'm the fucking lifeguard, mother fucker.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.71 (2013) See more »

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Failed to deliver.
1 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Lifeguard is a fairly average indie film that shows potential but ultimately fails to capture and hold the viewers attention. The acting from Kristen Bell and supporting cast members like Mamie Gummer and David Lambert is very good and the story has so much potential in shining a perspective on many people nowadays who hit their "quarter-life crisis" moments and the internal struggles they face. The problem is that too much of the film focused around a strange romance between the protagonist and a high school student. While I understand the reasons for why Liz Garcia did this, I think it hurt the film more than helped. It created an interesting dynamic between the characters but it killed what I thought should've been the focus of the film... seeing Bell's character discover herself after being lost. Overall, not a bad movie but it could've been much better.


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