Picks and Pans Review: L.a. Lifeguards
updated 06/15/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/15/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT
If it's real-life Baywatch babes you're searching for in this one-hour documentary, don't bother. Still, like the hit syndicated series they inspired, L.A.'s lifeguards—about 600 strong—are indeed heroes. Last summer they saved some 14,000 Angelenos from drowning. (They also reunite lost kids with their parents and shoo drunks off the beach.) But of the 100 or so guards who work year-round, only two are women. One quips that if she tried to swim in the sort of clingy suit worn by her TV counterparts, "it'd probably fall off before I even got in the water." She and the other full-and part-timers profiled in this low-key report are an engaging bunch who clearly love their jobs—especially Paul Silka, a lifeguard who doubles as an emergency room M.D. at Cedars-Sinai hospital. ER meets Baywatch? Sounds like a series.
Bottom Line: A breezy day at the beach