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Comedy - General

Baywatch (2017)

R2V SummaryA bikini clad romp which does  not take itself too seriously.
Duration1h 56m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 11 
Source of storyA TV series of the same name
DirectorSeth Gordon, 
Writers/ScriptJay Scherick, David Ronn, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, (story) Damian Shannon, Mark Swift (script)
StarringDwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, Jon Bass, David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, 
RatingsIMDb: 5.5 by 175k people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 17% by 241 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: Mitch, the leader of the Baywatch lifeguards is forced to take on Brody an arrogant champion swimmer. He also takes on Summer, a good looking young woman and Ronnie, who is chunky but keen. The new starts begin training but Brody and Mitch are at odds. In time their problems are resolved and the team begin to pursue a woman who owns a night club, and who they believe is importing drugs using her super yacht.  Mitch is constantly reminded that he is only a lifeguard and is eventually sacked, his job being given to Brody, antagonising the crew, but that’s not the end of the story.

Content: The only actual nudity is Ronnie, seen in the shower but only frontally by CJ his love interest. The genitalia of a corpse are used comically! The female cast spend so much time in their brief swimwear that it was a relief to see them fully dressed at the climax which takes place on the villain’s superyacht. Mitch and Brody compete in a trial of strength, supposedly part of the training. Brody rescues a couple of people badly. Mitch and the team rescue two girls and a body from a burning yacht. There are chases on jet skis and so on.

A View: This outing was disliked by the critics, generally citing the poor script. It was nominated in five categories of the Razzies, winning “So Rotten that You Loved It”.  It makes one wonder how many writers it takes to put together a crap script. I started watching it, and for a while regretted my choice, but as it went on I liked it a bit more, and even laughed a couple of times. I didn’t really think it was so bad it was good, but you could have it on while doing something else.

More Dwayne Johnson comedies: “Central Intelligence”, “The Tooth Fairy”, “Get Smart

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