Leigh, a whip-smart former valedictorian on the verge of 30, is living a seemingly perfect life in New York. When her work aspirations and love life suddenly come crashing down, she hightails it back to the cocoon of the Connecticut suburb where she grew up. Picking up right where her teen halcyon days left off, she moves into her old room with her parents, reunites with her bosom buddies who never left town, and steps back into her high school job as a condo-complex lifeguard. As she takes a transgressive journey back to adolescence, including entering into a forbidden affair, Leigh’s bold flirtation with disaster triggers a ripple effect all around her.
Wry, sexy, entertaining, and bittersweet, The Lifeguard revels in the fantasy of reverting to a responsibility-free time and cleverly coaxes its characters into the realization that safety can sometimes be a trap. With her witty, emotionally persuasive script, first-time director Liz Garcia invents a delectable coming-of-age story for our times. - C. L.
About the Director
Writer/director Liz W. Garcia is a native of Connecticut. She has written feature films for Fox Searchlight, Disney, and Alcon, among others. Her feature script, “One Percent More Humid,” was blacklisted. Garcia and her husband, Joshua Harto, cocreated the TNT drama Memphis Beat for television. She was named one of Variety’s "Top 10 Television Writers to Watch" in 2010. Garcia is a graduate of Wesleyan University’s film studies program and the mother of a one-year-old.
Cast and Credits
Director: Liz W. Garcia
Screenwriter: Liz W. Garcia
Producers: Mike Landry, Carlos Velazquez, Joshua Harto, Milan Chakraborty, Liz W. Garcia
Cinematographer: John Peters
Editors: Elizabeth Kling, Jenny Cook
Production Designer: Chris Trujillo
Music Supervisor: David Ablanalp-Estime
Composer: Fred Avril
Principal Cast: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Amy Madigan, Joshua Harto, David Lambert
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