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Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, David Hasselhoff and Kelly Rohrbach

Rated: R for language throughout, crude sexual content, and graphic nudity.
Reviewed by: Gerry  
Release date: May 26, 2017 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

I must admit that I found Baywatch to be an overall fun movie experience.  The opening, where Ronnie is so overcome by the beauty of his favorite lifeguard, C J Parker,(Kelly Rohrbach)  that he is literally speechless in her presence kind of sets the tone for the broad comedy 0f the film.  Zac Efron,a two time gold medalist at the most recent olympics, is used as a comic foil by Mitch Buchanan, played by he-man Dwayne Johnson.  Zac is really disappointing in the first half of the movie.  There is a lot of gross sight gags and double entendre along the way.  While some of this was pretty funny, a good bit of this was too gross for my idea of humor.In the end, Mitch and Stephanie win one for the beach and the environment  over a not very clever collection of baddies, led by the voluptuous Victoria.  There is drug dealing and land grabbing, and even a couple of murders as the plot thickens.  Mitch is fired as head lifeguard, and replaced by the bumbling newcomer Zac.    

A very funny scene shows Zac thrown overboard inside a steel cage.  He is rescued by Mitch Buchanan (Dwayne Johnson) Mitch Blows air into Zac's mouth. The oxygen deprived lifeguard fantasizes that he is being, rescued by his love interest , Summer (Alexandra Daddario. I thought it was one of the funnier moments in the movie.
After lots of dead ends, no cooperation from the local police force, and more sight gags, the good side prevails.  A spectacular fireworks display set off by Ronnie (Jon Bass) our resident nerdy lifeguard, foils the escape plan of Victoria (Priyanka Chopra) the leader of all the bad people.  A great win is chalked for the forces of the good team.
Justice prevails, and Ronnie winds up in the bed of the most bodacious lifeguard, played by Rohrbach.  I left the theater feeling my two hours were well spent.  A word of warning to parents, the humor got pretty gross at times. So seventeen seems to be  probably a wise age for admission.  Parts of the film were over the top raunchy, but I enjoyed my experience.   

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Gerry Matt Claudette Jennifer Audralee  Avg. 
Baywatch  C-      D-   D   B   B      B      C 

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