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The Guardian

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Andrew Davis & Sir Andrew Davis

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About the Movie

A decorated Coast Guard search and rescue specialist still haunted by the death of his teammates during a disastrous mission off the coast of Alaska is charged with the task of training the next generation of Coast Guard rescue swimmers in director Andrew Davis' ocean-bound adventure drama. Ben Randall (Kevin Costner) was the best swimmer of his graduating class, but upon surfacing as the sole survivor of an Alaskan rescue mission attempted during a Category Three storm, his outlook on life has grown increasingly jaded. Now, as hotshot young swimmer Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher) arrives at Coast Guard rescue school looking to accomplish something meaningful with his life, he will be forced to endure the rigorous training methods of a man who expects nothing less than the very best in order to become a member of one of the most elite rescue squads on the planet.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 146
  • Fresh: 54
  • Rotten: 92
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Kutcher may soon be ready to anchor a Hollywood sea voyage. But for now, he's still a touch out of his depth. – Scott Bowles, USA Today, Sep 1, 2007

Rotten: Entertaining enough but strictly in a wait-for-cable way. – Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

Fresh: Kutcher and Costner have a kind of visual chemistry that's just as elusive as the other kind. And the connection and contrast between them remind us that Hollywood isn't as forgiving of older male actors as we like to think. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The Guardian has the feel of a Sunday feature in a newspaper more than a drama. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 30, 2006

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Customer Reviews


amazing movie. i myself am a rescue swimmer and i could not be more pleased with the job davis did. as you expect in hollywood, not every detail was correct, but it was still spot on. to clear things up, A School is advanced school..not only for swimmers but for anyone who is doing their job.

makes a picky coastie proud

After watching the new version of yours, mine, and ours, I was pretty skeptical Hollywood could ever do the Coast Guard justice. But this movie is so good i've seen it 4 times already. It does a pretty good job of showing what real coasties do each and every day.


This movie is so great! It's highly recommended by everone I know that has seen it. Even my dad likes it and my dad is VERY picky about movies. It made me cry at the theatre. There was times that were action-filled also. This movie deserves WAY more than 5 stars!!!