The Lifeguard Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr

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Leigh is in her late 20's and has a posh job as a New York reporter. She was valedictorian of her high school, and her good grades and motivation were early signs that she'd be very successful as an adult. But, she wasn't happy. Falling into an early mid-life crisis, Leigh decides to go back to where she feels most comfortable, which is her childhood home in Connecticut.
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Leigh lands a job as a lifeguard at the same pool where she worked as a lifeguard when she was a teenager. She meets Jason and his friend, and they start to hang out together. Acting like teenagers, they stay out late, they drink, and ultimately Leigh hooks up with Jason. She soon finds out he is a teenager, but she can't stay away from him. She doesn't care what other people think, she's willing to do almost anything to feel happy again.

The Lifeguard is a sad story of a young woman who feels misplaced in the world, but ultimately finds her way back to happiness.

Best part of story, including ending: This was a great movie because a lot of young adults can relate. For many people, when you grow up life isn't what you expected. It can send you into a depression, you can feel lost, and when you grab at anything to make you feel better it's usually the wrong thing.

Best scene in story: My favorite part of this movie is the ending. Without giving everything away, it shows you that even when you feel like you are at your worst, things will get better.

Opinion about the main character: The main character, Leigh, is an average girl with real feelings. I really like that she's not all dolled up with makeup, her hair is sometimes messy, and she overcomes a big struggle in her life. Leigh is played by Kristen Bell, who is amazing in this movie. This film shows that Kristen's talents go beyond comedies.

The review of this Movie prepared by Janis Bennett a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

Script Analysis of The Lifeguard

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   (General) search for meaning/identity

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language

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