I hope to this day, no one has ever watched ‘Baywatch’ while looking out for a solid storyline, crisp characterization, pathbreaking performances or a watertight screenplay. Rather, many would’ve watched it for the sultriness associated with the franchise or because of the hot babes running around the beach in an ultra-motion, with the camera panning between first and third person views. ‘Baywatch’, over the years, has become synonymous with its signature oozing glamour and the actresses who oftentimes became extremely famous afterwards – for all kinds of reasons of course. What started as a TV series titled ‘Baywatch Down Under’ in 1999, primarily featuring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, followed by its spinoffs and DTV films, to the latest ‘Baywatch’ feature film that came in 2017 with the cast including Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra et al, it still carries forward the so-called “legacy” of the franchise.
Speaking of the premise, the movie starts with the Emerald bay wherein most of the movie is set, involving the famous Lieutenant Mitch Buchanon, who apparently is morally upright and is committed to his work at keeping the beach dwellers safe. Enter his bunch of new apprentices, including a former Olympian Matt Brody, who doesn’t believe in abiding by the rules. Mitch has to get along with Brody to contain his arrogance while trying to uncover a drug-smuggling plot involving Victoria Leeds, the businesswoman who owns the Huntley Club. That and all the sultriness plays along, with a few lighter moments and the forever smouldering Dwayne Johnson as Mitch Buchanon, the heartthrob of our times, while Zac Efron as Matt Brody is the heir apparent of Mitch, who has an off-and-on relationship with his unrelenting boss.
Movies like ‘Baywatch’ might include the flicks involving either of drugs, cops – by-the-book, beat, or rookie, a beachside story, many protagonists (often a couple of misfits who normally disagree with each other), known adversaries, a sub-plot, handsome beach (or pool-side) lifeguards, hot chicks all over and often a happy closure with an open-ended possibility. There are chances that the movies on this list may not have all these elements together, which is why ‘Baywatch’ happened in the first place. Here’s the list of movies similar to ‘Baywatch’ — some of which might even better the action-comedy in many ways — that are our recommendations. Here goes, with a pinch of salt and a dash of spoilers! You can watch some of these best movies like Baywatch on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
14. Hot Pursuit (2015)
The forever charming Sofia Vergara partnered with her on-screen misfit Reese Witherspoon in this action-comedy, which, although slightly cliched, was well executed in its initial moments, thanks to Vergara’s MTI accent. Though the movie couldn’t rake much in terms of critical acclaim or box-office collections, it certainly gained in terms of its popularity as one of the movies of its kind. As far as its similarity with ‘Baywatch’ is concerned, we get to see drug cartels, mafia and a morally upright yet amateur cop trying to save her job by protecting a Latino while driving her to Dallas to testify against a cartel leader. Their journey filled with a comedy of errors and the performances are worthwhile, while you can ignore all the minute inconsistencies with the premise.