Looks like “Baywatch” may need some saving from the theatre-goers this weekend.
The film is a reboot, which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Efron and Kelly Rohrbach, is getting poor reviews by film critics for its May 25 release.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Frank Scheck called the film “a big screen reboot so lifeless and mechanical that even the end-credits outtakes are not funny.”
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The New York Post’s Reed Tucker added that, despite “a couple of nice stabs at satire,” filmmakers “use the beachy setup as little more than a vehicle for generic hard-R gross-out jokes.”
Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty called the scenario a “lazy barrage of sad-trombone product-placement jokes and red-tape-boobs-and-boners jokes.”
And while “Baywatch” and is equipped with a number of former cast members, including David Hasselhoff, it was not enough to keep the viewers interested.
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“A lot of the humor just does not connect and try too hard…” says USA Today’s Brian Truitt. “[Priyanka] Chopra, the villainess seems bored by the whole situation, rather eviling in a James Bond movie, and the fireworks-laden climax is full of started, but is predictable and lacks excitement. This film is slightly larger than the original ‘Baywatch’ — of the production budget to the stars’ muscles — but lacks the cheesy fun.”
“Baywatch” was not a complete failure for reviewers, though. Scheck suggests that Johnson should be praised for his acting efforts.
“Johnson puts his big toothy grin, his nonchalant charm and a surprisingly comedic gifts to make the film almost watchable,” he said.