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The Lifeguard (2013) – Growing up is Hard no Matter how old You Are


Category: Drama
Actors: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, David Lambert
Duration: 98 min
Rated: R

You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
Reality Bites (1994), This is 40 (2012)

Long Story Short:
Leigh, a former valedictorian quits her job at a newspaper and goes back to her childhood home to start a job as a lifeguard. At first everyone besides her mother seems to be glad about her appearance, but soon there isn’t a person left whose life isn’t turned upside down because of her… and not in a good way.

After seeing her in this movie, I am convinced that Kristen Bell could pull off almost every character, well, as long as it’s not a villain. Growing up is hard, and so is being perfect. Leigh was probably this perfect teenager without any flaws, who missed out on all the fun people usually experience when they are in high school or college. Regretting it now, she goes back to her childhood home and tries to make up for things she didn’t do back in the day. Her confusion and frustration is very realistic and totally understandable in my opinion. David Lambert who plays Jason, a much younger guy she starts dating, is coming off as a seventeen year old rebel with the softest heart you can imagine. Cinematography wise there are a few goodies and detailed shots, the script is fine and the actors great. It is definitely more of a slow drama than a romance or comedy, so just be aware of that in case you decide to watch it. Lifeguard is a well-grounded movie, not necessarily for your typical Blockbuster Saturday, but maybe for an Arthouse Sunday.

Rating: 7/10


  1. That actually sounds pretty decent. I think you’ve convinced me to give it a go. I enjoy a slow drama on Arthouse Sunday. I’m in! Good review, Simon!

    • You should! I like to watch those kind of movies sometimes, but I really have to be in the mood for it, and if you know what to expect it won’t be a let down. 😉

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