The Lifeguard (2013, written and directed by Liz W. Garcia)
[No 42 of 52 in #52FilmsByWomen]
It is always nice to see Kristen Bell taking on a serious dramatic role instead of the usual recent Hollywood comedies. Before her Veronica Mars days, I was already a fan after seeing her taking the lead role in the TV movie Gracie’s Choice.
In this movie, Bell plays Leigh, a 30-year-old New York journalist who was disillusioned with her harsh city life and goes back to her hometown to live with her parents. She takes on her old college job as a lifeguard, and befriends the 16-year-old son of the pool manager.
Leigh escapes to her hometown and her high school friends (and doing typical high-school-like stuff like smoking weed and hanging out at lakes) because she seems to think that those were simpler, happier times. Of course, this isn’t the natural state of things, as we all need to grow up eventually.