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9 Ratings


Directed by Daniel Petrie
United States, 1976


Rick Carlson has a pretty good life. But lately, he’s begun to wonder if he’s missed the boat somehow, having traded ambition for ease — and the arrival of an accomplished ex-girlfriend leads him to reevaluate his aspirations.

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Lifeguard Directed by Daniel Petrie

Critics reviews

Disregard the bad taste marketing and the schmaltzy score, as Lifeguard is an understated and wise film about the rejection of adulthood. Director Daniel Petrie lets the story develop its own shaggy tempo, and elicits a grounded, engaging performance from Elliott. He exudes a bodily calm, his gestures an extension of his surfer-Buddhist ethos.
March 18, 2014
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Languid pans across a beach, schmaltzy softcore sex, a cast which seems to be composed exclusively of photographic models, and wholesome surfing music to fill in the many gaps all add up to an inoffensive entertainment, designed to be received in a state of semi-consciousness.
July 02, 1976
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