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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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Back to the Start
Written by Amanda Butterworth (as A. Butterworth), Antoine 'Chab' Chabert (as A. Chabert), Michel Nassif (as M. Nassif)
Performed by Cocosuma
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The Lifeguard Review
31 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Liz W. Garcia may not be the most veteran film director out there, but her new movie, The Lifeguard, may very well bring her name to the forefront of director's putting forth real quality work. Garcia is normally a screenwriter which is why I felt that The Lifeguard was a movie that captures the real spirit of people in a quarter life crisis. As I am 22, I felt like I could relate to the struggles, protagonist, Leigh deals with in her effort to relive the simplicity and innocence of her childhood home in Connecticut. Overall, the story is brought to new heights with the outstanding performances by a cast including the likes of Veronica Mar's star Kristen Bell and Freaks and Geeks alum Martin Starr. Garcia really hits home with a story that will resonate with young adults everywhere, reminding us all that growing up never gets any easier.


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