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Parents' Guide to

Baywatch (2017)

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Stereotypes, sexism, violence in terrible remake.

Movie R 2017 116 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 38 parent reviews

age 16+

Great movie but filled with sex and language

Baywatch is a great movie for you maybe you parents but i personally advice to not watch it with your kids because it has sexuality, nudity and bad language there is nothing wrong with the quality of the movie but it is not meant for kids i would never ever let my children watch it unless they are 16 or above years old let me give you some examples 1, the time when the woman slapped the mans penis 2, the time when the woman put her vagina in contact with the mans butt 3 , the time when the woman saw the man naked

This title has:

Too much sex
age 17+

good adult movie, not for families

I’ve watched this movie a few times and I enjoy it, but it does have a lot of crude and sexual humor, thus the R rating. There were moments when I laughed out loud, and the overall message is a good one. I love the casting and characters as well.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (38 ):
Kids say (83 ):

What a shame to take this charming cast and maroon them in a morass of stale jokes and sub-sitcom-level plot twists in a remake that reads as a missed opportunity. There are a few moments when Baywatch seems to have a sense of humor about its cheesy origins and the silliness of a remake, chiefly when Matt points out that a group of lifeguards who sneak into a fancy party in order to catch a drug dealer sounds like the plot of a "far-fetched TV show." But such ironic high points are few and far between in this comedy that reaches for "escapist summer humor" but instead lands on "embarrassment for all involved." Even The Rock can't make us love a movie with three running jokes about penises, none of which is funny or original.

But it's other issues that render this movie icky, rather than just bland and forgettable: The female characters are sidelined, given little to do besides run slowly up and down the beach and smile patiently as the camera (and every male character onscreen) ogles their bodies. The most they're given to do during the movie's frequent CGI-heavy danger-and-rescue scenes is idle a boat in the water to wait for their male coworkers to finish the heroics. Worse, one male character is frequently called "princess" or "bitch," and a coworker records a video of him touching the penis of a dead man (The Office's Oscar Nunez, which makes the scene even weirder for fans of that show). Ha ha, like he's gay, see? Because that's funny. And it's a dead guy's penis, so that's funny, too. Right? Right? Hey, where are you going? No thanks, movie.

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