Film / Baywatch

Baywatch is a 2017 comedy film starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, based on the television series of the same name.

Reimagined as an affectionate parody of the original Baywatch series (similarly to the Jump Street films' treatment of their own source material), this film pokes fun at its premise while also embracing it — and provides lots of eye candy for both the male and female gaze.

Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) is a no-nonsense lifeguard who is forced to work with cocky Olympian Matt Brody (Efron) when a local club owner (Priyanka Chopra) threatens to overrun the beach with crime and corruption.

Alexandra Daddario, Ilfenesh Hadera, and Kelly Rohrbach also star, while original Baywatch stars David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson appear in cameo roles.

Baywatch contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Curves: Several examples:
    • The film's version of Mitch Buchannon is both taller and considerably more muscular, as befits someone played by Dwayne Johnson.
    • Ilfenesh Hadera's Stephanie Holden and Alexadra Daddario's Summer Quinn are considerably more voluptuous than the versions from the TV show.
    • Inverted with Kelly Rohrbach's CJ Parker. While very well endowed, she doesn't come close to matching the famous proportions of Pamela Anderson.
  • Affectionate Parody: The movie gives a comedic take on the TV series.
  • Better Than a Bare Bulb: The film hangs a lampshade on practically every trope and cliche the original series is known for while dialing all of them Up to Eleven.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: CJ Parker, who is so enthralling that even the girls become dumbstruck by her:
    Summer: Why does she always looks likes she's running in slow-mo?
    Ronnie: You see it too?
  • Lighter and Softer: Than the TV series.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron are expected to spend a majority of the movie shirtless.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach in the tight red swimsuits are guaranteed to make a powerful impression on the audience.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Summer reminds Matt of this when she's distracted by her chest - he replies he knows her face in up there... but it's so close to her boobs...
  • N-Word Privileges: Matt tries to guilt a black cop by throwing the cop's use of "you people" back at him. Mitch puts a stop to it, remarking: "Uh uh. You're just tan."
  • Race Lift:
    • Stephanie here is African-American, when on the TV show she was Caucasian.
    • More obviously, Mitch. He was played by a Caucasian actor in the original show and by half-African-American, half-Samoan actor in the movie.