Baywatch (2017)

I suppose it’s the trend du jour to bash this adaptation of the supremely silly show, and while admittedly it’s no “21 Jump Street,” “Baywatch” does exactly what it sets out to do: It’s entertaining, charming, funny, and a pleasure to watch if you can accept the movie on its own terms. Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron are the well-teamed leads and share a considerable amount of chemistry, as does the supporting cast as a matter of fact, and while it’s surely overlong and a little unnecessarily heavy on the plotting, the movie is like a day at the beach with good friends and I found myself getting sucked into the dynamics and all the juvenile jokes. It’s a good ol’ escapist fantasy that doesn’t try to be anything it’s not, and manages to avoid the icky sexism of the original show.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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