Baywatch (2017)

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Baywatch (2017)
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Genre: Comedy

Action Film

Photography: Color
Running Time: 2 Hours and 1 Minute
Country: United States
Release Date: May 25, 2017
Directed by: Seth Gordon
Written by: Michael Berk
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Starring: Dwayne Johnson
Zac Efron
Alexandra Daddario


Baywatch is a 2017 American action comedy film directed by Seth Gordon and is based on the TV series of the same name. The film was written by Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Jon Bass, and Ilfenesh Hadera.

Plot

Lt. Mitch Buchannonand leads a team of beach patrol officers in Emerald City, Florida to keep the beach in control and safe.

Why It Sucks

  1. The plot is weak and laughable.
  2. Pointless cameos by Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff.
  3. There was little to no raunchy humor in the original series.
  4. The humor doesn't work.
  5. Poor performances (then again, the acting in the original show was hit-or-miss).
  6. Laughable dialogue.
  7. The film lacks the campy charm the original series had.
  8. The characters are extremely flat.
  9. Wasted the talents of Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. The Rock), Kelly Rohrbach, Alexandra Daddario, Pamela Anderson, and others.
  10. Poor grasp of the source material.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. There are a few good jokes in the film.

Reception

The film currently holds a 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a critic consensus statement that reads "Baywatch takes its source material's jiggle factor to R-rated levels, but lacks the original's campy charm – and leaves its charming stars flailing in the shallows." The film holds a score of 37 out of 100 on MetaCritic. The film has an average grade of "B+" on the A+ to F scale on CinemaScore.

Writer Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone gave praise to the cast, but not to the film and awarded the film a two out of four stars and stated, "Think of yourself sitting down for a big two-hour wallow in instant stupid with a vat of popcorn, slathered in fake butter and possibly a mound of melted M&Ms on top. It feels great chugging it down, then your stomach hurts, your head aches and you puke the whole thing up so you can forget about it in the morning. That's Baywatch in a nutshell." Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 1.5 out of 4 stars and stated "As was the case with CHiPSThe Dukes of HazzardThe Beverly HillbilliesCar 54, Where Are You? and I’ll just stop there, when you make films from junk TV, more often than not you’re going to wind up with a junk movie."

Box Office

Baywatch opened up at #3 on its opening weekend with a gross of $18,503,871. The total domestic gross was $58,060,186. The film made $119,796,565 in overseas markets and managed to gross $177,856,751 worldwide. The film was labeled a box office bomb.


Awards and nominations

The film was nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, Worst Actor and Worst Prequel, Remake, Ripoff or Sequel and The Razzie Nominee so Rotten You Loved It, only winning the latter, and losing the other awards to The Emoji Movie, Daddy's Home 2 and Fifty Shades Darker.

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