The Lifeguard

The Lifeguard
The Lifeguard
  • R
  • 1h 37m
  • 2013
Rotten16%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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Leigh (Kristen Bell) is almost 30, and living a seemingly perfect life in New York. But when her career and love life both come crashing down, she flees to her suburban hometown and regresses right back into teenage life - behavior. She moves into her old room with her parents, hangs around with friends who never left town, and reclaims her high school job as a condo-complex lifeguard. But as Leigh enjoys shirking off adult life and responsibilities, and enters into an illicit affair, she begins a chain reaction that affects those closest to her. With an all-star cast that also includes Martin Starr (“Party Down,” “Knocked Up”), Mamie Gummer (“Side Effects”) and Oscar® nominee Amy Madigan, it’s a journey that’s both hilarious and heartfelt. Presented by Focus World & Screen Media Films.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten16%
Reviews
RogerEbert.com
Sheila O'Malley
Rotten

"The Lifeguard" is hemmed in by vagueness and cliche, and nearly ruined by its soundtrack, an insi...

June 22, 2017
Los Angeles Times
Gary Goldstein
Fresh

Although writer-director Liz W. Garcia's wistful, angsty tale treads familiar ground, the filmmake...

June 22, 2017
Newark Star-Ledger
Stephen Whitty
Rotten

The movie really depends on Bell, and her story, and neither is interesting or compelling enough t...

March 1, 2019
New York Times
Nicolas Rapold
Rotten

This directorial debut by Liz W. Garcia, a writer for television, bears some echoes of its creator...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Drama is short on story, long on illicit romance.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Lifeguard is about an unhappy 29-year-old New York reporter (Kristen Bell) who chucks it all to move back in with her parents in her sleepy Connecticut hometown. Soon, she's hanging out with her high school pals in the same old parking lot, and it's not long before she becomes involved with a high school boy who's just slightly more than half her age. There are several explicit sex scenes (including one in which a man's genitals are seen), as well as frequent swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and more), and lots of drinking and pot smoking.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:August 30, 2013
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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