Kristen Bell stars in a new, independent film called "The Lifeguard" about a New York City gal who packs it all in for a bit, moves back in with her parents in Connecticut and tries to relive her teenage years. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review for NY1.
Kristen Bell, from TV's "Veronica Mars" and such movies as "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," stars in a new independent film. It's called "The Lifeguard."
Bell plays Leigh, a 29-year-old journalist living in New York City who can barely make ends meet. When her lover, who also happens to be her boss, tells her that he's engaged, Leigh decides to pack it all in. She returns to Connecticut, where she grew up, and moves back in with her parents, taking a break from life for a while.
She even takes her old job back, working as a lifeguard at an apartment complex, and it's there that she begins an inappropriate affair with a 16-year-old teen.
She also reunites with a few of her old high school friends, one, who's now married, played by Mammie Gummer and another, who's gay, played by Martin Starr.
Through her sexual relationship with this underage teen, Leigh gets the chance to live a little recklessly, something she didn't really experience when she actually was in high school, while her lover gets the added benefit of her older experiences and advice, which she dispenses regularly.
The movie marks the feature film debut of writer/director Liz W. Garcia, and it leaves a lot to be desired. The script is uninvolving, and the characters are not fully fleshed out. The direction is too slow-paced, and the movie becomes boring early on.
I like Kristen Bell, and the supporting cast do their best with the predictable, bland material. There is a twist at the end, but it's a long wait until you get there, and ultimately, it's not really worth it.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 1 1/2 apples