The Lifeguard

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Drama is short on story, long on illicit romance.

R 2013 90 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 17+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 17+

Strong content!

After nothing else to watch, I found the trailer for The Lifeguard and gave it a go. It was not bad! However, the content is VERY strong and not for kids! It's about a plain 29 year old journalist named Leigh (Kristen Bell) who learns that her boyfriend from work is engaged to someone else. She feels completely hopeless and decides to move back with her parents, who thinks she's nuts for doing so, and she hopes it will be a fun, carefree summer hanging out with old high-school friends. But she must contribute by getting a job to earn her keep. She becomes a lifeguard at a condo complex where she meets a young 16 year old, Jason, whom she quickly falls for, but the relationship soon turns sour following a series of unfortunate events. Can she fix what has been broken? It was definitely interesting to watch, but also quite slow paced. Adult characters act like teenagers and smoke a lot including pot with other teenagers. There is drinking including under-age. Sexual content contains several explicit themes including two sex scenes - one being explicit in a pool bathroom. A woman pulls down her husbands pants and you see his penis for about 5 seconds, but they do not do anything. More references to oral sex. A woman pretends to make-out with a wall. Couples kiss. Violence isn't bad but has arguments between characters, stressful situations including one scene of death. Language is very strong including coming from children and has many f-words and other explicit words such as a small boy telling a grown woman to suck his d*ck...etc. Definitely not for kids under 18!!!!!!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 30, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: October 8, 2013
  • Cast: David Lambert, Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer
  • Director: Liz W. Garcia
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong sexuality, brief graphic nudity, drug use, language and a disturbing image - some involving teens
  • Last updated: February 1, 2023

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