Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
4,143 ( 293)
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Some Girl(s) (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

On the eve of his wedding, a successful writer travels across the country to meet up with ex-lovers in an attempt to make amends for past relationship transgressions.

Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Stars: Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

While working on a writing project on the island of Ischia, a married woman (Bosworth) enters into an affair with a younger man.

Director: Kat Coiro
Stars: Kate Bosworth, Jamie Blackley, Iddo Goldberg
Adore (2013)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other's sons.

Director: Anne Fontaine
Stars: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel
Veronica Mars (2014)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown - just in time for her high school reunion - in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who's embroiled in a murder mystery.

Director: Rob Thomas
Stars: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A tragedy presents Laurel with the chance to reinvent herself as her idolized twin sister, Audrey. As she eases into the life she has always wanted, she must decide between continuing the lie or revealing herself as the perfect fraud.

Director: Jenée LaMarque
Stars: Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston
Stuck in Love (2012)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.

Director: Josh Boone
Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins
When in Rome (2010)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Beth is a young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love. However, on a whirlwind trip to Rome, she impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love, and is then aggressively pursued by a band of suitors.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Stars: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two New York City girls make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, the friends find their connection tested for the first time.

Director: Naomi Foner
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Sterling Jones
Laggies (2014)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.

Director: Lynn Shelton
Stars: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell
You Again (2010)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When a young woman realizes her brother is about to marry the girl who bullied her in high school, she sets out to expose the fiancée's true colors.

Director: Andy Fickman
Stars: Kristen Bell, Odette Annable, Sigourney Weaver
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Luke and Kate are coworkers at a brewery who spend their nights drinking and flirting heavily. One weekend away together with their significant others proves who really belongs together and who doesn't.

Director: Joe Swanberg
Stars: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick
Life Partners (2014)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sasha and Paige's co-dependent friendship is tested as Paige gets serious with a guy for the first time.

Director: Susanna Fogel
Stars: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Mel
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Raj
...
Officer Miller
Tom Kondilas ...
Officer Federici
...
Marco
...
Matt's Mom
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 July 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Salva-vidas  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

When Mel and Josh are reconciling about making a family together outside the school, the boom mic pole is visible on the car while they talk. See more »

Quotes

Leigh: You're 16. You have your whole life ahead of you. You have no idea how lucky you are right now.
See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Hawthorne to Hennepin
Written by Clint Asay
Performed by Clint Michigan
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Satisfying Story of Young Adult Indecision
30 July 2013 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I've got no experience with Veronica Mars, but I can see why people like Kristen Bell. She's real and relatable, as are all of the characters in this film.

At age 29, with her life in the city more disheartening and less complete than she ever expected, Kristen Bell's Leigh heads back home, where her two best friends (Mammie Gummer of The Good Wife and the familiar Martin Starr of Freaks and Geeks and about a million other comedies) are leading lives equally unperfected. During her aimless summer in her home town, she crosses paths with the local drop-outs, played sensitively and convincingly by a trio of young actors, including recently discovered teen actor Alex Shaffer of the Paul Giamatti film Win, Win, in a supporting role. Youthful indiscretions can't really cohabit with adult responsibilities, and the dramatic tension is ratcheted-up (if also resolved fairly easily) in sincere ways.

Nice production and a convincing story of early middle-age indecision with nuanced acting by a strong cast of recognizable faces adds up to a satisfying film.


35 of 45 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
only in movies.... deos_iceman
It's funny because if it were a man playing the role tommykreiner
The one reason to see 'The Lifeguard' krskjerx
is this pro feminist or anti manicmeuk
Nature's AGE OF CONSENT LAW is POST PUBERTY! worldpieceprod
Loved it lexi846
Discuss The Lifeguard (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?