'Baywatch' - Movie Review

The critics panned this one (18% on Rotten Tomatoes), but I thought the trailer was funny. That doesn't guarantee a good movie, and I was pretty sure the critics were right - now I know.

Dwayne Johnson plays Mitch Buchannon, saving lives while surrounded by voluptuous young women. There's at least a bit of good news here: while they're definitely treating the women as eye candy, they're equal opportunity about it with Johnson and Zac Efron both being incredibly fit and scantily clad, and the women are also intelligent and competent (although Mitch is the anchor of the team). Mitch is burdened with a selfish and obnoxious Olympic swimmer (Efron) as a new lifeguard because his boss sees it as good publicity ... although that's pretty dubious as it's quickly established that he puked his way to losing all his endorsements and teammates. And now the beautiful Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra) who owns the local club appears to be selling drugs.

I enjoyed the first few minutes, with Johnson delivering a whole slew of funny take-downs of Efron's character, but around the ten minute mark the movie started rolling with the penis and sex jokes and never stopped. I might have forgiven them if the jokes had actually been funny - or the plot hadn't been totally predictable. But no such luck.