Focus World operated by Focus Features, and Screen Media Films have partnered on acquiring U.S. rights to The Lifeguard, starring Kristen Bell following its debut in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film will release in theaters and on digital platforms this summer. The Lifeguard also stars Mamie Gummer (Side Effects), Martin Starr (Knocked Up), and Academy Award nominee Amy Madigan.
Leigh (Bell), almost 30, is living a seemingly perfect life in New York. But when her career and love life both come crashing down, she flees to her suburban hometown and regresses right back into high school life. Picking up right where her teen halcyon days left off, she moves into her old room with her parents, hangs out with friends who never left town, and reclaims her high school job as a condo-complex lifeguard. But as Leigh enjoys shirking off adult life and responsibilities, and enters into an illicit affair, she begins a chain reaction that affects those closest to her.