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Zachary Marsh: Baywatch (5/10)
There were two or three moments that made me laugh, but ultimately I didn’t find Baywatch very funny. The film has this weird tendency to constantly remind you how stupid a lot of the stuff is, yet still takes itself too seriously for its own good. The villain was absolutely awful and the fact it falls into the same cliched tropes so many other comedies, action films, action-comedy hybrids, etc. have fallen into made the experience even more frustrating in my eyes. The performances are fine, but the humor falls so flat. It lacks the creative imagination and intelligence that’s made movies like Black Dynamite, the Jump Street movies, and The Brady Bunch Movie successful. If you were looking forward to Baywatch, or if you still are, just be warned by how manufactured and generic a lot of the comedy’s going to be.
Ashley Menzel: Baywatch (5.5/10)
While there are a few moments that got a smile or a chuckle from me, most of which involved Dwayne Johnson being charming, the film as a whole falls flat. The balance that I think the writers were going for with the dialogue never happened, and the film is far too repetitious to be entertaining, especially if you’re not a fan of crude humor. The director definitely has an eye for creating beautiful images, as seen at the beginning of the film, but disappears almost immediately. Zac Efron is intolerable and the other actors aren’t given much to work with. Overall, so incredibly boring and unfunny.
Mark Krawczyk: Baywatch (*sigh*/10)
We have another film with the potential of being a fun action film with some…. SOME comedic moments worked in that fails to hit. With this cast, even with Zac Efron, you would think this movie would be more entertaining than it was. I think I laughed a couple of times but cringed a lot. I do not mind crude humor at all but it felt shoe-horned in here. Like Chips, those who are familiar with the property get that it was a cheesy show so why not make a movie that could change that image. Not that it matter as 3 of the 5 people in the theater with me were like 3 years old when the series ended. There is nothing wrong with crude humor but you need something more than a wafer thin story to keep my interest. Zach Efron’s abs needed their own screen credit, along with The Rock’s Arms and the dead guy’s penis who gets more screen time than a number of the cast.
Bryan Sudfield: Baywatch (1/10)
I can’t remember the last time I watched a comedy that made me cringe too and question what was occurring on screen. While the chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron is strong, everything else falls flat tremendously. The humor is horrendous, as is the script that’s trying to mirror the charm of the “Jump Street” movies without having the charm. Seth Gordon’s direction is awful and don’t even get me started on the editing. This clocks in at almost two hours and I’m baffled as to why this movie is that long. Everybody do yourself a favor and skip this piece of trash.
Daniel Rester: Baywatch (5.8/10)
The plot and characters in “Baywatch” are completely dumb, with a terrible villain thrown in for good (?) measure. I did enjoy the chemistry between the main cast members, though, and I got a few chuckles here and there. “Baywatch” is indefensible summer fluff, but I didn’t absolutely hate watching it.
Scott Menzel: Baywatch (3/10)
Average We Live Film Gradebook Score for Baywatch: 3.4/10
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