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Baywatch (2017)

Review by CJ

Director:
Seth Gordon

Starring:
Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Jon Bass, Ilfenesh Hadera, Priyanka Chopra

Other notable appearances:
David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hannibal Buress, Rob Huebel

Running time:

Watch this if you liked:
21 Jump Street, The A-Team, We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses

 

Disgraced Olympian Matt Brody (Efron) thinks becoming a lifeguard is going to be an easy way to do community service and avoid jail time. Instead, he joins Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) and his elite team of lifeguards who solve the murders, thievery, drug smuggling and extortion that are endangering their beach.

Baywatch is a very fun though admittedly sophomoric comedy. If dick jokes and low brow humour are not your thing, you should probably just turn back now.

From the opening sequence in which Dwayne Johnson dives into the water to save a drowning man and saves him with dolphins leaping into the air in joy over the title screen, you know Baywatch is going to be totally ridiculous and thoroughly enjoyable.

The acting is consistently fitting throughout Baywatch and the actors involved all ham it up a little bit to suit the feel of the film.

Generally speaking, I find comedy films 90 minutes to be the limit to most comedy films. Often they spread themselves too thin when they try to go beyond that. However Baywatch doesn’t feel overlong and remains so entertaining throughout that I was surprised how quickly the time flew.

Like many other people who grew up in the 80s and 90s, I remember watching the Baywatch television show. I don’t remember a lot from it, but I did pick up on quite a few of the delightful homages to the source material featured in Baywatch.

Baywatch is a good laugh filled with slow motion running, dick jokes (sometimes literally) and fun action sequences. If you enjoy comedy films in the same strain as 21 Jump Street, then Baywatch should not disappoint.

Rating:

“I’m Matt Brody.”
“And not a single fuck was given.”

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