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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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Liz W. Garcia

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Liz W. Garcia
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Cast

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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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:

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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

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: They're little. They're buried stories I guess. But they're yours so you get attached.
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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 »

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

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Escenas de un Restaurante Mexicano
Written and Performed by Sean Canada
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A Drama about Searching for Fulfillment
3 December 2013 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

If you are looking for a neat package of a film with all the loose ends tied up with a pretty ribbon, this film is not for you. And as we all know, life is not that way either.

If seeing an older woman with a young man nauseates you, don't watch this film. Frankly, I wonder why some people never read about movies before they watch them. Then they are shocked to discover the themes of the movie.

Kristen Bell plays a 29-year-old woman who has grown disenchanted with the big city and her life there. She returns to the small town where she grew up, and moves back in with her parents.

This action can be described as irresponsible, simply because she is looking for a respite from responsibility. In fact, she returns to the Lifeguarding job she used to have.

She reconnects with old friends who have remained in the home town. They also have issues regarding responsibility and self-actualization.

In an attempt to regain the freedom of youth--and its passion--they start hanging out with some high school kids. This leads to some risky behavior. The rest of the plot relates to how this dangerous situation plays out.

I thought the acting was good. I especially enjoyed seeing Amy Madigan as the mother. Back in the day, I really enjoyed her in To Live and Die in L.A.

The movie Lifeguard, starring Sam Eliott in 1976, also dealt with a main character who is a lifeguard and who struggles with the issue of responsibility. I recommend it.

The main thing I can say about this movie is that it feels something like how real life is. People make mistakes. People come to crossroads. People sometimes search for answers without really having a clear understanding of the questions.


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