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Sophie Atkinson

In Kristen Bell's 2013 Sundance offering, The Lifeguard, she plays a New York-based reporter on the cusp of her thirtieth birthday ("I'm twenty-nine! Twenty NINE!") who's feeling lost. She moves back in with her parents in suburban Connecticut for the summer and resumes her high school job as a lifeguard and enters into a relationship with a minor. Obviously a tiny Baywatch-esque red swimsuit is strictly necessary (hmm) for the role and the svelte Bell pulls it off with aplomb.

Check out the trailer below:


The indie film was helmed by writer/director Liz W. Garcia's and was an official selection at the Sundance festival this year - what do you think? Can the ever-zen Kristen Bell pull off a frazzled Girls-esque woman-child?

Here's Liz Garcia speaking insightfully and movingly about both her film and the different expectations placed on men and women in terms of growing up:


Will you be first in line to see The Lifeguard when it hits theaters August 30?


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