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Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is the boss of "Baywatch" and has his beach fully under control. He and his team do not only take care of drowning people or small injuries and sunburns, but also of many a crime committed here - even if this is a thorn in the side of the police. Just in time for the recruitment of new "Baywatch" recruits Mitch gets an overdose of problems: Not only does he get two-time Olympic champion and self-involved big shot Matt Brody (Zac Efron) for image reasons. There are also packages of a new designer drug appearing on his beach. Since the cops aren't doing anything, Mitch takes the investigation into his own hands. When there is a first death, a scapegoat has to be found - and that is Mitch…
The TV series "Baywatch" was a real phenomenon. Between 1989 and 2001, eleven seasons with 243 episodes were produced, which made actresses like Erika Eleniak, Nicole Eggert, Carmen Electra or of course Pamela Anderson international sex symbols. Of course nobody saw the series - but everybody knew it. Scarce outfits, the obligatory slow-motion race and shallow stories were the hallmarks of the series, which in its very own way earned the "Kult" label. There have been long speculations about a revival on the big screen. It was never quite clear what that would look like. If you just want to modernize the style of the series, if you want the well-known actors to slip back into their roles, if you want the whole thing to be an action flick or maybe even a comedy.
If you look at the movie by Seth Gordon ("Kill the Boss"), you could almost think that the makers couldn't decide until the end what the new "Baywatch" should look like. Sure, at first glance it's a comedy, a wink of the eye persiflage in the style of the "21 Jump Street" movies. And apart from the fact that there are too many jokes below the belt, which is just boring by now, the comedic part of the movie works out quite well. There are some very good laughs and whenever some "peculiarities" of the series are made fun of with a wink - like the sometimes quite absurd storylines - it's really funny.
On the other hand the movie tries to be a bit of an action thriller. And since the humor is surprisingly almost completely lacking here, it just doesn't really work out. For example, when a good friend of one of the main characters dies, it's supposed to be emotional - but it's not. Moreover, in too many scenes it becomes clear that they were shot in front of a green screen and not really on the water. So this action aspect of the cinema adaptation seems rather involuntarily funny - quite different from the already mentioned "21 Jump Street" movies. There the guest appearances of former serial actors were also incorporated much more cleverly than is the case here - even though fans will be very happy to see two of the most famous actors of the series again.
No question: The "Baywatch" movie is something for the eye - and not only for the male viewers. Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson let their muscles play again and again, while Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach can be seen in very tight outfits - which fortunately is also offered with a good portion of self-irony. In addition to the eyes, the laughter muscles also get their money's worth, at least in parts. That's enough for a rather enjoyable visit to the movies. If you expected more from a "Baywatch" movie, you will be bitterly disappointed. A little more bite and less genital jokes and this comedy could have been really good. So "Baywatch" is only quite entertaining - but by far not as bad as many critics think. And therefore there is - of course in nice slow-motion - another decent one: S e h e n s w e r t!
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