The career of filmmaker Seth Gordon is a really curious and odd one. The director started out of the gate with one of the most beloved documentaries of the aughts with “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.” He quickly attached himself to many promising projects and looked to be on his way to possible mirror a career like Jason Reitman’s or Paul Feig’s or even creating films like something out of Zach Braff’s “Garden State” (which is nowhere as bad as some snobs claim it is). Maybe he could have directed, “Junebug” or “Juno” or some indie dramedy of that ilk.
Instead, Gordon has mostly taken a bunch of mainstream comedies (“Four Christmases,” “Horrible Bosses” “Identity Thief”), many of which have been, charitably, not very good. Yes, while he’s directed a lot of good TV (“Community,” “Parks and Recs”), the feature world hasn’t been very remarkable. Perhaps we pegged him totally wrong. Next up for Gordon? An adaptation of the ‘90s action TV show, “Baywatch.” Of course, since the “Baywatch” concept is just totally ridiculous in 2017, much like the model of “21 Jump Street” and “CHiPs,” they’ve converted the adaptations into a comedy starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Here’s the very tiny synopsis:
“BAYWATCH” follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
The film co-stars Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Priyanka Chopra, Jon Bass, Ilfenesh Hadera, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, with appearances by (of course) David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. Paramount Pictures is letting this speedboat into the ocean on May 26.
Maybe we can just nevermind all that, cause you can watch this T&A and explosions-appropriate Super Bowl trailer — perhaps all anyone really wants — right here.