‘The Lifeguard’ Trailer: Kristen Bell Can’t Grow Up

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In The Lifeguard, Kristen Bell plays Leigh, a successful reporter living in NYC who, on the cusp of turning thirty, suffers a breakdown of sorts, as she discovers she is unhappy with the life she’s worked for. She returns home to Connecticut only to begin a rapid regression – reclaiming her old room in her parents’ house, as well as her old high school friends, and even her old job as a lifeguard at the local pool. However, this arrested development takes a turn for the scandalous when Leigh decides she also wants to rekindle young love… with a local teenage boy.

The  movie marks the feature-film debut of writer/director Liz W. Garcia, who has previously written for TV series like Memphis Beat and Cold Case. She also happens to be the wife of actor (and one of the stars of The Lifeguard) Joshua Harto – who is probably best remembered for his failed attempt to blackmail Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight. Rounding out the cast are other “seen them somewhere” actors, like Mamie Gummer (The Good Wife), Martin Starr (NTSF:SD:SUV), John Finn (Cold Case), Amy Madigan (Fringe), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes) and David Lambert (Aaron Stone).


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There’s not enough in that initial trailer to judge The Lifeguard too harshly; but at the same time, the story of my generation’s well-documented problem with growing into adulthood has been done (nearly) to death in just about every creative medium there is. In film alone, The Lifeguard is not all that distinguishable from similar works like Garden StateNotes on a ScandalThe Good Girl – or the more recent example of Young Adult.

But hey, perhaps that’s just where we’re at in our culture: a state of general unrest and confusion about life and the future. Or maybe Hollywood indie filmmakers with middle-class-to-privileged upbringings and educations are just very neurotic about aging and maturity . You can discuss in the comments.


The Lifeguard will be in theaters on August 30, 2013

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  1. She looks like a teenager, so its approprate. lol.

  2. Scary. I’m pretty much in same situation. Not a lifeguard though.

  3. Double standard.

    • Speaking of double standards, remember the famous words of Mr. Wrigley, the chewing-gum magnate, on dating?
      “Double your pleasure, double your fun;
      Take two girls to bed, instead of just one”!

  4. Ah yes, I remember my teen-aged years. When I was 18 I went out with a girl who was 15. I used to help her with her homework, especially math. I used to prove to her that 18 could go into 15 three times!!!
    (Her last name was “Hill”, and maybe it was the age difference, but I was “over the hill” more times than I can count!).
    Always remember, though, when talking about age differences and romantic entanglements, that you can hunger for younger, but be bolder with older! I suppose better jailbait than masturbate, as they always say, and they are never to old to fit in the mold, and never too young to slip ’em the tongue!

    • – Slow Clap –

      • Better for a girl to give you applause in bed than the clap!

      • Ahahaha.

    • First off as a person who has seen a few anime with similar story lines adults with minor love stories can be seen as star cross romance, but thats works for cartoons. Live action honestly… lifeguard borders on the pedo creepy. I could see if she was early 20s and he was 17 idm.. but near 30… thats kinda ummm ew…. to me it seems like she is taking adventage of him for a selfish reasons that she wants to be a kid again.

      movies like this personally for me make ppl think doing that in real life is ok. Much like how the glamouring of teen mom/16 and pregnet actually increased teen pregnacy. And true to life the “age is just a number” should apply after 20… cuz imo up till 20 your not mentally mature enough for a relationship. Its kinda bad when guys dated the entire female class at their high school at the same time. Or guys holding contests to see how many girls they can get pregnet.

      i mean look at that green mile 50 something acter who married a 16 yr old.

  5. Sarah Marshall as a lifeguard rockin out the red one piece………. i can die in peace now, after i see the movie though lol

    • Is that a peace, er, I mean a piece you could die for?

  6. So, wait, let me get this straight, it’s about a middle aged woman going after a 14 year old boy? No magic involved a la BIG and 13 GOING ON 30?
    Creepy. C’mon that’s just wrong.

  7. Nope, never saw this coming. Hollywood pushing the boundaries of decency and trying to romanticize giving grown ups access to young ‘uns? C’mon, the gravitational axis of all that is good, kind and loving putting kids in (emotional) harm’s way? And for laughs? Nah, you must have misunderstood the synopsis.

  8. Young Adult was so good lol