In The Lifeguard, Kristen Bell plays a woman on the verge of 30 who has a meltdown, quits her reporter job in New York, then heads back to her hometown for some peace and quiet. But that escapism comes at price — from her parents’ short-lived appreciation of her homecoming, to her reconnecting with old friends who’ve changed (including best friend Mel, played by Mamie Gummer), to ultimately the titular summer job that defines her new life in the sleepy suburb.
The film is dark and shows a different side of the bubbly Bell. In the exclusive clip below, we see Leigh’s tense conversation with her comfortably empty-nester parents (played by Amy Madigan and Adam LeFevre) as they start to question their daughter’s reasons for escaping the city and just how long she plans to stay at their house.
The Lifeguard, directed by Liz Garcia, premiered at Sundance and is currently playing in theaters.