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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.

Director:

Liz W. Garcia

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Liz W. Garcia
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Bell ... Leigh
Mamie Gummer ... Mel
Martin Starr ... Todd
Alex Shaffer ... Matt
Joshua Harto ... John
David Lambert ... Little Jason
Amy Madigan ... Justine
Adam LeFevre ... Hans (as Adam Lefevre)
John Finn ... Big Jason
Paulie Litt ... Lumpy
Sendhil Ramamurthy ... Raj
Mike Landry ... Officer Miller
Tom Kondilas ... Officer Federici
Carlos Velazquez ... Marco
Lisa Ann Goldsmith ... Matt's Mom
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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

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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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Salva-vidas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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

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 »

Quotes

Leigh: I'm sucking off his youth like a vampire.
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Crazy Credits

After the last credits, a photo of Leigh is shown from when she was a lifeguard during her high school period. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Appian Way
Written by James Brooks
Performed by Land Observations
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heavily dependant on life circumstances
31 August 2013 | by manicmeukSee all my reviews

where to start on this one...

i think opinions on this film will be formed from personal life experience and how much someone can relate to the characters. myself, I'm similar in age and circumstance to Leigh and recently made a life change much like hers (moving back home from the city) and while the mistakes and tumbles she makes are outright irresponsible, i could not help but like her character and the maturity she showed at the end.

the romance aspect of this movie, whilst most definitely *inappropriate* does reflect the mental state of the main female character played by Kristen bell. stifled by her routine adult life and the responsibilities that come with it, she finds solace in a younger group who bring out her inner teen as it were. i think this is extremely well portrayed in the film through the three main adult cast members, who were friends in highschool, that upon the return of Leigh (KB) all suddenly start to regress and rebel against the adult strains put on them. all three characters go a little wild and forget that 'time only moves in one direction' and their subsequent battles to re-balance themselves as adults was interesting to watch.

the strength of the young actors in this film prevented it from becoming smut. David Lambert had enough charisma that it was plausible that a confused and disturbed woman would be drawn to him, whilst still maintaining that young innocence that made the story equally as much about him maturing as it was about KBs character. Alex Shaffer was impressive and moving in his portrayal of a tormented young man.

could it have been done better? absolutely. does it contain inappropriate feelings and relationships...obviously yes. Does it convey the ability of people to mess up in the most stupid irresponsible ways....yup. i liked it. i wouldn't watch it again, but it was a good film. comedy it is not however and the tag-line cheapens the movie.


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