Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Back to Buttwatch; the Lifeguards with Model Looks Return for 'Filthy Fun'

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Back to Buttwatch; the Lifeguards with Model Looks Return for 'Filthy Fun'

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Baywatch

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Jon Bass.

Director: Seth Gordon

Rating: TBA

Reviewer's last word: Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon butts heads with a brash new recruit in this silly, raunchy tribute to the '90s TV show.

Star profile: Zac Efron

Quirky fact: Learned how to ride a motorcycle after a chance party meeting with bike enthusiast Tom Cruise, who offered to act as Efron's coach.

Best known for: High School Musical, Bad Neighbours, 17 Again.

If you like this movie you'll like these: Snatched, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Dirty Grandpa.

Quote: "You know what, I do not want to fall victim to partying too hard; it's too easy and too often done. It's out of style anyway. I think too many people have done it before me."

SCREEN LIFE

with Seanna Cronin

TWO chiselled men emerge from the surf. One of them looks like a god while the other, well, he's gasping for air and doesn't even realise there's a jellyfish stuck to his chest.

But both of them are willing to be the butt of the joke to make you, the cinema-goer, laugh.

Baywatch takes two of Hollywood's leading hunks, Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, and throws them right into the thick of the action and some very crude jokes.

The adults-only comedy returns to sun, sand and barely-there swimwear of the iconic '90s TV series, but with a modern and raunchy twist.

Johnson, who also serves as an executive producer, plays Mitch Buchannon, a devoted lifeguard who is a local folk hero in Emerald Bay.

"Dwayne's a really lovely dude," Efron tells Weekend. "He's a big guy - he's The Rock - but he's just a big softie.

"Everything's a little bit happier when he's around; he's like a piece of Hawaii."

But Mitch clashes with brash new recruit Matt Brody, a two-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer turned bad boy who thinks he can skip Baywatch's annual try-outs.

"At the Olympics, Brody won his solo events, but messed up the team relay because he got drunk the night before," Efron says. "He did some illegal stuff, and joining Baywatch is part of his parole. …

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