Baywatch | Chicago Reader


Rated R 116 minutes 2017

Who'd have thought a flimsy, witless TV series like Baywatch (1989-'01) could have spawned this boisterous, cheeky comedy? Dwayne Johnson stars as head lifeguard of a Los Angeles County beach patrol, and Zac Efron is the disgraced Olympic swimmer forced to join his team. Their nonstop insults trigger the biggest laughs amid a sea of jokes about penises and cleavage; gay and racial jokes that might have tanked mostly succeed because the multiethnic cast gets the tone right, and the pop culture references are on the money. The crime story, involving drugs and extortion, is boilerplate but gives Priyanka Chopra a chance to shine as a scheming villain. Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses) directed.

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Director: Seth Gordon

Producer: Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, Gregory Bonann, Beau Flynn, Ivan Reitman, Michele Berk, Mary Rohlich, Louise Rosner-Meyer, Tom Pollock, Ali Bell, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, Hannibal Buress, Charlotte McKinney, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Belinda and Izabel Goulart





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