Baywatch Reviewed by Jon E Clist

The Premise
Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

The Review
Here is one of those films that you really don’t have high expectations for. You know it will be funny, silly, dirty and with the premise being centered firmly around life guards in skimpy swimming costumes, it’s gonna be sexy. Well I really don’t want you losing any sleep as you lay awake at night wondering if it is what you think it will be. It is exactly what you expect.

I will say that I found pit a whole lot funnier than I expected and it was great that it really didn’t take itself seriously and was quite willing to poke a little fun at itself along the way. Very similar in that vein to the 21 Jump Street reboots of late. On a side note, here is a fun fact. Dwayne Johnson is the tenth professional wrestler to worked on Baywatch and the first wrestler turned actor who didn't appear on the show. Jorge Gonz├íles, Jimmy Hart, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Leon White, Kevin Sullivan, Shawn Michaels and Torrie Wilson appeared as guest stars on Baywatch. More proof that as a franchise, Baywatch has never really taken itself too seriously.

The Rock is awesome in these sorts of comedies and when you pair him up with Zac Efron you have this dream team of pretty men who aren’t afraid to act like idiots. There is a brilliant running gag that flows throughout the film where Mitch (Johnson) refers to Matt (Efron) as boy band names instead of his own name. Not wanting to give all the elements of that gag away but let’s just say there is a particularly hilarious one that pops up. One of the things that makes this particularly funny is that supposedly in the filming of Baywatch, it was Efron who actually gave all the names to Johnson to use.

Just a heads up that this is a sexually charged film and even though there isn’t any actual sex scenes in the film there are plenty of references and even a little male genitalia involved. So, it won’t be for everyone and when you add in a fair amount of offensive language it is probably going to be best to not go if you are easily offended.

When in the first five minutes you see Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff’s names pop up on the screen it will build some anticipation as to when they will arrive in wonderful cameo form. They do, and it is brilliant.

Chopra is full on and enthralling as a very strong female antagonist and in an interview, she said that the role of the main antagonist was originally written for a man, but the director changed the role and the script upon meeting her. Wise move on his part as this added something rather cool that takes the format of a female antagonist from the likes of a Bond film and then center-stages it for a brilliant result.

What amazed me most about the screening that I went to of Baywatch, was that the audience was weighted more towards a female audience. Now I am sure that the sight of Efron and the Rock shirtless would have brought in some of the crowd but I think it is also the blurring of the traditional genres that has come about in more recent years. Gone are the days where the dirty funny films are for boys’ nights out. Probably the same goes for rom-coms too…

The Verdict
Rude, naughty and super funny. A brilliant piece of entertainment.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 1st June 2017
Rating: R13 – Contains Violence, offensive language & sexual themes
Duration: 116 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario
Director: Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses)

The Extras
Alexandra Daddario was cast as Summer after she beat out Nina Dobrev, Ashley Benson, Alexandra Shipp, Shelley Hennig, Bianca A. Santos, and Denyse Tontz, who were considered for the role.

The second film with Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario. The two worked together on San Andreas (2015).

Original C.J. Parker actress Pamela Anderson originally didn't want to appear in the film.