The Lifeguard

The Lifeguard ★★★½

Judging by the movie's poster art, you might think The Lifeguard is a juvenile sex comedy. Not so. After reading several glowing reviews, I took the chance and was pleasantly surprised by what turned out to be a gentle and intelligent drama.

This is a coming-of-age story: first, it is exactly that for the lead teenage boy as he makes a major life decision; and second, it is about the "growing up" process for a few adults who were clinging to their past youth. I believe the main theme here is reaching maturity, at any age. The teen boy seemed to have figured out what he needed and wanted without any help. The adults, on the other hand, required a lot of reassurance, tough love, and soul searching. Hey, we are less fearless as we age.

Not bad at all, and certainly not a predictable cookie-cutter flick. Give 'er a whirl. Satisfying on all levels.