Original Release — May 25, 2017
With leads like Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, this reboot of the popular 90s tv show lacked none of the beef — but desperately needed more cheese. Adding an action angle to the film in fact detracted from what made the iconic red bathing suits part of the cultural zeitgeist. With David Hasselhoff and Pam Anderson, the show never took itself too seriously, preferring to cheekily rely on its oozing sex appeal and soap opera style shenanigans — and therein lies the film’s ultimate problem.
Baywatch was much like today’s reality TV — regarded as something mind numbing and even happily trashy. To base a film off of it requires audiences to sit for two hours rather than the half four to forty-five minutes they grew accustomed to. Beautiful people jog down the beach while the audience ogles them, but this film leaves zero lasting cultural impact — perhaps the best thing that can be said about Baywatch is that it certainly made people think about going to the gym to work on their summer body.
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