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Ignore Commentators, Watch this Movie

Published Friday Nov 5, 2021

Ignore Commentators, Watch this Movie

The 1976 movie Lifeguard, now streaming on Amazon prime video, is an exception to Hollywood’s usual superficial and clichéd characterizations of the work world. Lifeguard presents a nuanced view of work, understanding the role of craft in even the most ordinary jobs. It is timely with the current discussions of a “Great Resignation” and worker withdrawal from jobs, write Forbes contrbutor Michael Bernick.        

The movie centers on Rick Carlson, played by Sam Elliot, an aging lifeguard on the beach in Southern California. At the movie’s site on, some commenters see Rick’s story as the importance of doing what you find fulfilling. 

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