The Guardian Synopsis
Rescue swimmer teaches new recruit.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
At its best when its heroes race furiously toward their missions, most of which involve jumping out of a helicopter into surging waves.
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63

Premiere

By Scott Warren
Ultimately a valentine to the unsung heroes of the US Coast Guard and it's probably long overdue.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's not easy being macho while you're shivering like a frozen puppy, but Kutcher pulls it off.
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Chicago Tribune

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Sometimes you want to buy an extra-large popcorn and settle in for a big budget Hollywood blockbuster replete with entertaining explosions,...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
That the film doesn't rise above the formulaic is a particular disappointment as these stunningly brave Rescue Swimmers deserve a film as...
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie represents an earnest effort to compensate for all the love the media has shown to firefighters and other land-based first...
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The kind of inspirational movie that Hollywood made about the Army, Navy and Marines during World War II. Now, with inspiration in short...
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The point of all this solemnity may be to pay serious respect to those rescue swimmers, who courageously look after errant kayakers or...
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50

USA Today

Don't be surprised if, in the middle of The Guardian, you get an overpowering sense of déjà vu. Assuming you've seen "An Officer and a...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
When Costner is good, as he is here, his acting has a purity to it, an unspoken moral dimension. Underneath the sensitive, stoic facade is...
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Good but could have been better.

By Chris2fur
The bad parts up front: I took my teenage daughters to this movie and was dissapointed in the relationship portrayed between the cadet and local girl. She seemed to have high standards but it was...

Great!

By panther96
An overall great movie! Great story, good humor, and lots of action!...

Awesome

By ecupirate
If you like military related things - then this is a must see. This movie was very accurate in painting the picture of Coast Guard bootcamp. This movie can be viewed by the enite family - and would...

Gaurdian

By vailgirl26
It made you laugh, cry and kept you on the edge of your seat....

wow

By ouchburn
I come from a family of military men and this is one of the better showings of life in the service. Sure there are things that were left out or downplayed, but most people couldn't handle what...

I love this movie

By wasbks1
This was a great movie, I would see it again on the big screen!...

Holy cow Best movie i seen in forever

By movielover101
This Movie is more then a must go see it know you'll love it. If you saw National Treasure,it is 10x better. It depends if you like the cast in the movie. The comedy is great not to much or not to...

GO SEE THIS!!!

By MR MOVIE 123
GO SEE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Saw it the night before its street date and it was well worth the $10 GO SEE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...

Predictable, but endearing

By mitch
If you like feel good movies with great acting - this is for you. Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher's chemistry is obvious. Great humor sections intertwine with the serious story line. I have a new...

Great Movie!

By LadyFugal
I loved this movie. i think it is a must see!...

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Rated PG-13 | For intense sequences of action/peril, brief strong language and some sensuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Waterlogged rescue flick is too intense for kids.
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