Leigh (Kristen Bell) is almost 30, and living a seemingly perfect life in New York. But when her career and love life both come crashing down, she flees to her suburban hometown and regresses right back into teenage life and behavior. She moves into her old room with her parents, hangs around with friends who never left town, and reclaims her high school job as a condo-complex lifeguard. But as Leigh enjoys shirking adult life and responsibilities and enters into an illicit affair, she begins a chain reaction that affects those closest to her. With an all-star cast that also includes Martin Starr (“Party Down,” “Knocked Up”), Mamie Gummer (“Side Effects”) and Oscar nominee Amy Madigan, it’s a journey that’s both hilarious and heartfelt. Presented by Screen Media Films & Focus World, the alternative distribution of Focus Features.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
This directorial debut by Liz W. Garcia, a writer for television, bears some echoes of its creator's origins, going from deft to trite in its drama and setting up character arcs that feel sappily resolved within its feature length.Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 08.29.2013
Drowning in self-pity is about as fun to watch as it sounds.Peter Debruge, Variety, 01.23.2013
Not even a checklist of indie film attributes can inject a sense of originality into this familiar narrative.Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter, 01.22.2013
From concept to execution to tone, writer-director Liz W. Garcia's The Lifeguard is a lifeless misfire.Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, 08.27.2013