This movie remake of the popular Baywatch TV series follows the same tired spoofing formula as too many other TV shows remade into films. This Baywatch film includes too many of the same unnecessary "movie mocking" tropes, the same unfunny gags and takes the same tired cynical, sarcastic attitude towards the original TV series material as other movie remakes. Remakes such as The Brady Bunch Movie, Charlie's Angels Full Throttle, The A-Team, Dukes of Hazard, The Addams Family (which is probably the best of this bunch) and now Baywatch (just to name a few). Even the latest Star Trek from J.J. Abrams has injected some of these unnecessarily hammy, tropish, spoofing elements.
Some stupidity in this film includes... the overly stupid rookie, dressing in drag, making corny jokes about lifeguard stereotypes (and of the show itself), hamming up the body aspect, all of which is too much to bare in this farce. I don't see why any of it is necessary. It degrades the film and mocks the original TV show in the process. I don't go into TV-series-into-movie remakes to see the original TV material mocked and derided by corny jokes. I go into it to see an entertaining film that tries to relive and breathe new life into the original material through a new cast. Instead, The Brady Bunch Movie set this silly, mocking tone in stone. For whatever reason, filmmakers have latched full throttle (ahem) onto this oh-so-unnecessary formula as though that's what moviegoers really want when a TV series is made into a film.
We watched the original TV series because while the shows may have included jokes and humor, it did take the characters, story and itself seriously enough to make the show believable and the characters likeable. That's the reason we watched the series. That's the reason we liked it. The TV shows rarely, if ever, mocked themselves, their own characters or the material. Yet, here we are. At every step, the filmmakers of Baywatch take every opportunity to mock such lifeguard elements as tans, bathing suits riding up butt cracks, the nerdy horny guy, crude and awkward shower scenes, wearing too much tanning oil, calling out unnecessary homophobic elements, shaking boobs, showing slow motion characters with everyone else in real-time or whatever other low-brow humor the writers can find to mock the original TV series.
As I said, I don't go into these TV-series-made-into-films to see the original material mocked. I go to see and relive what made the TV series great. Yet, that's nowhere to be found in Baywatch. Oh well, in the annals of time, this film (like so many before it) will ultimately go down as a spoof. To this day, the best film spoofs include Airplane followed closely by GalaxyQuest which are only loosely based on more serious shows before it. If movie makers really want to create successful spoofs, they should go watch these films to understand why they worked and why this Baywatch film doesn't.