Left to right, Dwayne Johnson, Ilfenesh Hadera and Kelly Rohrback on the set of Baywatch.


I TAKE my mom to the movies every year for her birthday. It’s become something of a tradition. Fortunately, the end of May/beginning of June releases are usually pretty awesome. I’ve taken my mom to see comic book movies, Star Wars movies, action movies, you name it! Now before you accuse me of selfishly making my mom go see movies that I want to see, I should point out that my mom loves action movies. She may not always admit it, but her favourites always tend to be the ones I recommend.

Every so often she’ll say something along the lines of “I feel like watching a chick flick!” Nine times out of ten she ends up hating whichever “chick flick” she decided to watch. But throw on an action flick or an intense thriller and she gets sucked right in. Assuming she stays awake long enough to see the whole thing, that is. To be fair though, after the hours she puts in and working as hard as she does, it’s no surprise that she falls asleep watching movies at home. But never at the theatre, and never at her birthday movie!

So this year, for her birthday movie, my mom picked Baywatch. I don’t blame her for picking Baywatch; we both really like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (albeit for different reasons) so I was happy to go see this flick.

The movie stars Johnson as Mitch Buchannon, the role made famous by David Hasselhoff in the TV series the film is based off of. Also starring is Zac Efron, (who as it turns out, might end up becoming a decent actor), along with Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Ilfenesh Hadera and Kelly Rohrbach.

The “plot” of the film is basically that a bunch of life guards who think they are cops try to uncover the mystery behind some dead bodies that wash up on the shores of the beach they work at, which may be tied to a drug smuggling operation.

Look, when the title card of the film shows up on the screen during the first few minutes of the film, it should be very clear to audiences what type of movie this is. I’m not going to tell you how great it was, because it really wasn’t. It was juvenile, vulgar nonsense that barely had a plot. However, it was pretty funny even though it couldn’t decide between being an action drama or a raunchy comedy. It also never took itself seriously at any point, which helped. Plus, The Rock makes everything he’s in better. And at the end of the day, my mom enjoyed herself, so if she’s happy, I’m happy!

Ryan Mackett is an artist and film enthusiast who resides in Thunder Bay. Email questions or comments to him at


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