Read|Watch|Listen – Lifeguard

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April- I’m sure there’s that moment in everyone’s life, the moment of extreme indecision, fear of commitment, and wondering if you will choose the correct item….. when you’re trying to figure out what to watch on Netflix. It’s a trying time, and sure there are choices you’ve regretted but felt you had to see all the way through. But, overall it usually turns out okay.

That moment happened to us about two weeks ago. And we chose the movie Lifeguard.

I really love Kristen Bell, but still hold a strong disappointment in her for everything about Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I went into the theater without knowing what it was about, and was suddenly strongly accosted by a big screen penis. gross. So, I don’t know if I will ever forgive her for that.

Moving on, I enjoyed the movie. Although JB and I both had weird feeling about her dating a minor, the film overall was an interesting twist on the genre du jour– the “dark & twisty young adult moves back home and finds herself” that everyone and their mom seems to be making. There was romance, death, rebellious behavior, and weird school administrator interactions. Everything a movie needs! I wouldn’t say it was the best film I’d seen that month, but I’m glad we watched it.

 

JB – Lifeguard speaks to the indecisiveness of our generation. Kristen Bell’s character is dissatisfied and disillusioned by the big New York journalism life she always dreamed of. She was the friend who moved off to chase her dreams, took big risks, got the cool job and then realized it wasn’t everything she wanted. She still wanted to be loved or to take risks or something else.

Her best friend back home got married to a relatively stiff guy and became a high-school principal. She loves her students and likes her job but she feels stuck because her and her husband are trying to have a kid, she’s a school administrator and she’s not having the fun she once did. All the while her cool friend (Bell) is out partying.

Kristen Bell’s best guy friend is running an art gallery and doing fine. He has as much responsibility as he wants and no more. However, he isn’t challenged.

Kristen seeks to fill the void with a 17-year-old student of her friend. It’s really uncomfortable but it was real enough conflict and high-enough stakes to advance the story. I think a lot of the stories in the movie are stories we’ve all experienced. The soundtrack was also AMAZING. I don’t know that I had heard a single song before but it was so good.

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