Cinema: Sink or Swim

LIFEGUARD

Directed by DANIEL PETRIE Screenplay by RON KOSLOW

Modestly ambitious. Lifeguard concerns the folkways and seductions of the California beach life. It means to be funny and a little sad, but Director Daniel Petrie (Buster and Billie) and Writer Ron Koslow share a point of view that slides and shifts like the tide. Their hero is a lifeguard named Rick (Sam Elliott), a 32-year-old beach veteran who gets most of what he requires out of life by patrolling along the water's edge. When Rick thinks he may want a little more than fresh...