Go back to the beach with the Rock in ‘Baywatch’

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BRANSON MO NEWS: Here’s a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently become available for streaming.

Video on Demand

“Baywatch”: Following in the footsteps of “21 Jump Street,” another iconic ’90s television series jumped to the big screen this year with a raunchy adaptation of “Baywatch” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Efron and Priyanka Chopra (ABC’s “Quantico”). Director Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses”) decided to go with copious amounts of profanity, sex jokes and a few violent gags while keeping the main characters inspired by their original counterparts. The younger supporting cast (including swimsuit model-turned-actress Kelly Rohrbach) holds their own against the more established stars, and if you’re hoping for David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson to turn up, you won’t be disappointed. Nobody is going to confuse this with a great movie, but at least it knows exactly what it is, and the cast is clearly having a blast. The biggest problem with the movie is one it shares with many modern comedies — it’s far too long for its own good. At a bloated 116 minutes, there’s some serious dead weight here, and, if you’re a glutton for punishment, there is even an unrated extended cut available that adds an extra five minutes. Quite surprisingly, the action scenes are pretty effective and, whatever your persuasion, you’ll get more than your fair share of eye candy. (Cable and digital VOD)

Also on streaming services

“Awful Nice”: Branson, Missouri, is where two estranged brothers return to pick up an inheritance after the death of their father in Todd Sklar’s hysterical second feature. One is a professor and author, seemingly successful and settled down. The other brother, not so much. Their reunion gets pretty tenuous …


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