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Baywatch review: Movie reboot makes a splash

 

By Damon Smith

The iconic Nineties TV series dives onto the big screen and paddles through a strong comedic undercurrent in Seth Gordon’s potty-mouthed blockbuster.

Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) leads the lifeguards of Emerald Bay, encouraging his crack team to stay alert in the blazing sun.

Every summer, they audition new recruits on a punishing obstacle course, which Mitch and co have nicknamed the Absentee Father.

This year, disgraced former Olympian Matt Brody (Zac Efron), strong-willed Summer Quinn (Alexandra Daddario) and socially awkward misfit Ronnie (Jon Bass) are selected to train under Mitch, second-in-command Stephanie Holden (Ilfenesh Hadera) and dreamy blonde CJ Parker (Kelly Rohrbach).

During initiation, Mitch becomes suspicious of Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra), who owns the swanky beach-front Huntley Club.

Two stars

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