The Lifeguard
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Leigh, almost 30, is 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 high school life. Picking up right where her teen halcyon days left off, she moves into her old room with her parents, hangs out 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. (c) Screen Media and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although writer-director Liz W. Garcia's wistful, angsty tale treads familiar ground, the filmmaker has crafted a credibly flawed and conflicted heroine who holds interest."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"This directorial debut by Liz W. Garcia, a writer for television, bears some echoes of its creator's origins, going from deft to trite in its drama and setting up character arcs that feel sappily resolved within its feature length."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"Drama is short on story, long on illicit romance."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
""The Lifeguard" is hemmed in by vagueness and cliche, and nearly ruined by its soundtrack, an insistent barrage of thematically obvious alt-radio music cues."
‑ Sheila O'Malley,
"Solid performances can't save the undercooked, shallow, overly simplistic screenplay."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The central character simply comes across as whiny and entitled instead of troubled and dark, and the central theme of getting your groove back by acting like a kid again has been done many times by much more talented filmmakers."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The movie's being billed in some quarters as a comedy, which is a hell of a stretch given that the plot expands to take in statutory rape and teen suicide."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A strikingly realistic approach lifts this comedy-drama above the fray, combining skilful writing and direction with transparent performances that reveal the characters' internal struggles."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, you can go home again; The Lifeguard just proves that sometimes it's not the best course of action."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Bell gives a strong performance, eschewing her own perky persona to navigate the melancholia, but the script's conclusion fails to go as deep as the heavy lead-in requires."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"The movie really depends on Bell, and her story, and neither is interesting or compelling enough to engage us."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"This sorrowful, achingly wise little drama has a lot to say about the dangers of hanging on to youth at all costs."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The writer/director stifles any actual feeling with thudding, heavily-underlined subtext-as-text dialogue and an overreliance on indie rock scored musical montages"
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
"The film strains to be hip and edgy in its exploration of catharsis through starting over, and its central relationship feels more contrived than authentic."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"What the film desperately needed was some originality."
‑ Jeff Beck,
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