May 26, 2017

When you think about the TV Show Baywatch you aren't thinking award winning Television. You normally think cheap special effects, dumb stories and over the top acting. When you walk into the Baywatch movie you will get a lot of the same with cheap special effects, a safe bet story and over the top acting.

Following in the footsteps of the 21 Jump Street Movie Franchise, The filmakers try hard by taking the premise of an old TV show and turn it into an R-rated romp fest. I will admit right away this film does have a couple of misses in its jokes and plot holes you can fit multiple football fields through but it is all part of the joke and the film understands it Should Never Be Taken Seriously. 

This film is entertaining from its opening scene involving a Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) rescue and Dolphins High Fiving in the background to an extended scene in a mourge involving male genitalia. It delivers gross out humor but provides a lot of heart to it. There is a sweetness to this film that makes it enjoyable and fresh despite seeing this plot theme used in every TV show turned film with stopping an aspiring Bond villian like drug dealer.

The film does have some nudity in it but it is mainly saved for the men, and that is telling because throughout the film you see the female leads are actually more intelligent than their male counterparts. Though I do wish they used the female leads more because at times it seemed like they where forgotten to their male co-stars.

The chemistry between the actors is hilarious, especially the banter between Mitch and Matt Brody (Efron) who is playing an Olympic Gold Medalist Bad Boy (who he swears wasn't based on Ryan Lotche). One of those great banter moments is when they are on the boat talking about investigating a drug ring and both Dwayne and Efron stalk talking as if their privates have brains and voices telling them what to do. One sounds like a man and the other is just wise.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars. "Baywatch" goes all in head first with the over-the-top adventure. It never takes itself serious and features some great cameos from two original cast memebers. It is a fun R-rated summer comedy, the true definition of dumb fun.


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