Release Date: May 25, 2017
Run Time: 1 hours 59 minutes
After Credit Scene: During the credits, not after
IMAX Viewing: NO
3D Viewing: NO
Reviewer: Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score: 5 out of 10
A Non-Spoiler Review
Do you smelllllll what the Rock…… is cooking?! Sorry, that isn’t the smell of his cooking, it’s the smell of this film and it stinks. The movie doesn’t take itself seriously and neither should you.
Matt Brody (Zac Efron) is an US Olympic Gold Medal winner in Swimming that has some community service to do and is hired to become a lifeguard as a PR opportunity for the city. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) is the head lifeguard who isn’t having any of this PR stunt and runs a tight ship. He also feels his law enforcement duties fall beyond the scope of just the beach area. Mitch and his team of lifeguards are out to take down a drug dealer who they feel is responsible for drugs and bodies washing up on their beach.
What works: Eye candy for all! Ladies are going to go gaga for Efron and Johnson. Men are going to enjoy the lifeguards played by Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrback, Ilfenesh Hadera, and bad girl Priyanka Chopra. Oh the dick jokes are funny as is Dwayne Johnson’s delivery of witty comebacks. The cast really is a good on paper with Jon Bass (Big Time in Hollywood, FL, The Newsroom, Girls), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down), Rob Huebel (Transparent, Keanu, The League), and Hannibal Buress (Broad City, The Secret Life of Pets). There is chemistry between Johnson and Efron and they play off one another very well.
What doesn’t work: Lets just throw out the idea that there is a story to follow in the film other than lets get the bad guy. The comedy is there, but it does not sustain a run time of 2 hours. Without giving away details of the story, there are parts of the film where things just don’t make sense and honestly I think the creators of the film could care less if it did. It solely relies on T&A, dick jokes and those who had an affinity for the TV show. The movie is going to entertain 13 – 15 year old’s that sneak into the theater and adults who still enjoy their eye candy. Despite David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson having cameo’s in the film, a photo of them would have sufficed as their time on screen is very limited.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one a 5. This movie isn’t worth the price of admission or concessions. I would wait for it to appear in Red Box or on Netflix if you are compelled to watch it.
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