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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

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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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

Mel: You're my friend, and I let you suck me down this rabbit hole.
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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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Undertow
Written and Performed by Ane Brun
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Good Idea, but a little rough around the edges
14 December 2013 | by ra-952-856579See all my reviews

I basically liked the movie. I just wonder how much money they spent to make this indie film. Lots of things could have been better: script, cinematography, continuity, locations, but the basic ideas came through. There were all kinds of story development that was left to one's imagination. Too bad, because the basic idea was a good one: YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN. It is a an old theme, but one that has legs. Most of the characters were pretty believable, but just a bit too stereotypical. The best scenes were the sexual liaisons between between Leigh and the boy who was a boy in name only. Whew! His sexual prowess was closer to a 30 year old than a 16 y.o. which was one of he problems with the movie, why were these folks in their late twenties hanging out with a bunch of dysfunctional high school boys? A question never quite adequately answered in the film.

Leigh needs a break from her crazy life in the fast lane and gets one, but it is not what she bargained for. Some deus ex machina tragedy and some hot sex really don't make a complete story, but it is a small town slice of life thing that many of us can understand.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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