Movie Review: ‘Baywatch’ saves the summer

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There’s been a lot of television shows that have been rebooted into a movie franchise of some sort. This is the case yet again with the hit 90’s television show “Baywatch.” For those that didn’t see the original television show, it just followed a team of lifeguards as they balanced drowning, serial killers, endangered animals, murder, petty arguments, sexual tension, and love. It’s also known for running in slow motion down a beach.

”Baywatch” follows the same premise as the television show, except for it doesn’t capture the slow motion boob bouncing as the original. The movie follows the Baywatch lifeguards as they investigate a series of murders that happen at their beach as well as drugs that keep washing up on shore. The movie is an action comedy that takes itself too seriously while at the same time making fun of the fact that they are lifeguards acting like police without any training or jurisdiction to do so. This movie doesn’t know what kind of movie that it wants to be. It works for the movie and at the same time, it also makes you wonder just what you are watching. The movie opens with a guy getting his erect penis stuck in-between the wooden boards in a chair to the intense action sequence involving slow motion diving that shows of dem abs on Zac Efron. At first, it kind of leaves you like “what.the.fuck?” and then you just kind of get used to it.

The cast itself is very good. The comedic timing of everyone is on point. It’s the inappropriate comedy when it’s trying to be serious that hurts the film. Yeah, it helps lighten the mood but it’s too much sometimes.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron work really well together. I want more of them together. Like give me an entire movie with them and it will be a great movie. The other highlight of the casting is the fact two of the original “Baywatch” cast is in the movie as their characters, whose names are also in the film with two different actors playing them. David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson also interact with the new counterparts but it’s just kind of bland. While no one questions why they share the same names, it still good to see the two big name that made the original series. It also shows that this is a more of a continuation of the franchise.

“Baywatch” is a good movie that is extremely enjoyable to watch. It’s fun to watch but the fact it goes from serious to comedy hurts the good film. The cast is the best part of the films because they work together so well. I hope there’s a sequel because I would love to see more of Dwayne and Zac Efron.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Movie Review: ‘Harriet the Spy’

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Oh, I remember fondly of the 1990s movies, especially the ones that were made from Nickelodeon. Those VHS tapes were orange and you weren’t anyone unless you had a couple of orange tapes in your collection. One of the first movies made by Nickelodeon was “Harriet the Spy.”

Released in 1996, “Harriet the Spy” was an adaptation to the book series of the same name. It also introduced the world to Michelle Trachtenberg, the girl who would go on to be the whiny brat that will end the world in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and a bitch on “Gossip Girl” (who isn’t a bitch on that show, am I right?). The movie also introduced children to Rosie O’ Donnell, who was/is still the face of the Kids Choice Awards for many. Rosie hosted the award show from 1996 until 2004.

The movie follows Harriet M. Welsch (Trachtenberg), an inspiring writer that literally creeps on people and writes down what she observes because her nanny Golly (O’Donnell) told her that she needs to write down everything if she wants to become a great writer. Everything is good in her life until her nanny is fired and her life is turned upside down. Harriet must overcome and adapt to the changes to her life as her parent’s think she is crazy, friend’s turned on her, and she doesn’t have the support system of Golly.

The movie itself isn’t a bad movie at all when you take out the nostalgia. It was cleverly written so that parents/adults will enjoy it while still catering to their child demographic. It’s also a kids movie that doesn’t suffer from any major plot/storytelling issues. Usually it suffers from “how does this happen?” But it doesn’t occur here. Everything happens in the real world. The outcome and the cause and effects of the actions are how they would actually happen in the real world. The only real thing that wouldn’t happen is Harriet pretty much getting off without any trouble for terrorizing her classmates. She cuts off a classmates ponytail and nothing happened to her at school.

As an adult, this movie is an extremely fucked up movie, which is why it’s the perfect kids movie. Golly is allowing Harriet to commit several crimes like breaking an entering and stalking. I totally understand and okay if it was in a public place, but some of these are just wrong. Like at one point, she’s starting into a store from the back alley and watching one of her friends have struggle to buy groceries. How is that okay? Golly is also the one that tells her to write down all of her observations which are just sometimes mean and cruel. She rudely wrote about how her friend’s father should just get a “real job.” Her white privilege shows so bad. Harriet has carves a hit list style list of all the people she “wants to get revenge.” I’m very shocked this is kids movie.

Where the movie fails is with some of the adult acting and how the adults were written. The only good adult was Golly, who had slightly questionable morals. An example of this was Harriet’s teacher. There’s a scene where a girl spills paint on Harriet on purpose. The teacher thinks the children are being helpful by grabbing paper towels but it’s very obvious that they are spreading paint around and making it worse. Another example of this is when the parent’s instruct the teacher to make sure Harriet doesn’t have her notebook when at school. The teacher literally pats her down in the middle of class, which no one would do because it’s demeaning and embarrassing. It’s stuff like that hurts the movie. Especially when everything else is true to real life.

“Harriet the Spy” is a classic movie that will bring on full nostalgia trips. The movie is well done in most aspects, especially when it comes to making the kids movie also appeal to adults with the writing. The writing and acting of the adult characters/actors is what hurts the film. It’s the most unbelievable part of the film that is based in real-time and does it well.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Zac Efron goes undercover in new ‘Baywatch’ Trailer

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The newest trailer for the greatest lifeguard buddy cop film ever “Baywatch.” Yes, this type exists and it looks like it’s going to be a grand old time. A slow running lifeguard buddy cop film.

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Based off the 90s television show of the same name, which might as well been porn for your eyes because mostly everyone on the show was extremely attractive and wearing tight swimwear, “Baywatch” follows Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron starring as two lifeguards who aren’t really getting along but must come together in order to solve a crime that occurred at the beach. There’s probably more to the plot but that literally all they have been showing The Rock and Zefron together. There’s other in the cast but they really aren’t shown in the most of the trailers. There are hints of them here in there but that’s it.

The movie looks funny and an enjoyable time, but there needs to be more to the trailers. While The Rock and Zefron are a good pair together comedically, we get that already. It would be nice to see the duo interact with the other actors in the movie for longer than a couple of seconds. It would also be funny if they would tie in the 90s show somehow into the trailer beside the character’s name.

It also needs to that there’s more to the plot of this film that what the trailer meets the eye. While I don’t want it to reveal it all, I just want to see if the plot of the movie is as transparent as it seems or if there is more to it. If the plot is that thin, then the movie is going to be one of those “it’s funny but stupid fun.” Not like the 21 Jump Street movies where it was funny and had a decent plot.

Overall, the trailer isn’t bad and makes the movie look like it’s going to be an amazing time. It just would be nice to feature more of the cast in the trailer beside The Rock and Zac Efron. We know they are hilarious, but what about the others? The plot leaves more to than imagination that it should.

Here’s the new trailer for you to enjoy:

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