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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Baywatch (2017)

The head (Dwayne Johnson) of an elite lifeguard unit in an exclusive section of the beach in Florida finds himself saddled with a washed up ex-Olympic swimming champion (Zac Efron) assigned to do community service. Things get worse when he discovers drug smuggling is going on at the beach and it points to a wealthy businesswoman (Priyanka Chopra). Big, loud and mindless! That's not necessarily a condemnation, I mean that's why people go to see this kind of movie, isn't it? However, it's also cheesy and takes mindlessness to the point of losing brain cells. The film wavers between a raunchy dumb comedy and an action flick but it's so incompetent that even the serious moments comes across as parody. Dwayne Johnson is such a likable screen presence that he usually is able to overcome weak material but he's defeated here. I felt embarrassed for both he and Efron. The only cast member who doesn't embarrass herself is Chopra's villainess who seems to have walked in from a better movie. David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson of the original BAYWATCH show make cameo appearances. With Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, Rob Huebel and Jon Bass, who's just awful! 

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