The notorious June gloom has descended onto our fair weather city causing us all to look out our windows and then go back to scratching around our places waiting for the summer to begin. Don't despair. Our glorious summer will be here soon. Pack up a little kush and rent Lifeguard to prepare you for the beach.
This throw back to more innocent times in Southern California will conjure up visions of black light posters, vintage vets and hairy chested, hunky lifeguards. Sam Elliott, my favorite biker with a heart of gold from Mask, plays the introspective Rick Carlson. Rick is a 32 year old lifeguard who has pangs of regret he is throwing his life away when he goes back to his fifteen year old high school reunion and reconnects with an old flame played by Anne Archer. In his attempt to go straight and lead a "normal life," he considers leaving the beach to sell Porsches for a living. But there is more to life then money, materialism and...well, it does get a little hippie, but the film was made in 1976 so you got to cut it a little slack. Well worth seeing while being baked as you wait on our Pacific waters to warm and the sky to clear.
On a personal note, Elliott's mustache should have won an Oscar for its awesomeness in this film.