Film Review: “WET BUM” (2014) ★★★★


Have you ever felt like you are older than you really are?  Were you ever in a situation where you did not want to bear your soul because you didn’t want people to know who you really were? In Lindsay MacKay`s  WET BUM, a 14 year old girl, Sam (Julia Sarah Stone), goes to swimming classes to become a life guard, where she is attracted to her swimming instructor, Lukas (Craig Arnold). In the meantime she is bullied by some teenage girls, her own age, who want to see a bit of more of Sam`s skin. However, an opportunity comes to change her life in a big way when she gets a job cleaning an apartment for two seniors. Witnessing their kindness, approach to life, and even anger, Sam realizes which direction she must go to change herself fundamentally…

WET BUM is an excellent character study film that follows Sam, a young girl who refuses to change her swimming suit after swimming classes in the locker room in front of other girls her same age. Even with all the unpleasant comments directed towards her, she tries to be polite as possible. Soon after, things start to change when Sam begins to experiment with things that she shouldn’t. So, her mother Mary Allen (Leah Pinsent) helps her get a job in a retirement home cleaning apartments. Sam thought it will be easy just to go and clean the houses, and gladly accepts the part-time job, but soon after finds a bit difficult in the beginning to communicate with those who are much older than her…

As the film progresses, the viewer can`t help  but find themselves amazed by Sam`s patience and respect for the seniors when she realizes that she can easily get along with older people than with younger people. Why is this? A wisdom that she was born with, or is there something in her that is much older than she could have imagined?  Sam`s character, played by rising star Stone, is quite complicated, as she allows Lukas to become more to her than just a swimming instructor. Through the performance delivered by Craig Arnold, Lukas right from the first scene does not seem to be a likable persona, and makes us watch his every movement with caution.

Julia Sahar Stone seems to understand her heroine very well, and seems to go deep within her soul, with all Sam`s emotions, confusion and shyness. And that helps her to grow and change Sam in every scene: even her mother, Mary Allen who does not seem to be a positive character, earns the viewer`s trust, not because she changes something in herself, but because Sam begins to change things inside of her, allowing her to grow faster than she could have otherwise.

In conclusion, WET BUM is a very interesting film that makes you think about it after it ends. Sometimes, in some  of the scenes you may find yourself saying, ‘here we go, I knew it was coming’,-  does not mean that Lindsay MacKay wrote a predictable plot, it`s because everything you see in the film is taken from real life and you can clearly tell the difference between black and white. MacKay`s film certainly deserves anyone`s attention who believes In respect and the dignity that we all must share with senior people no matter how old we are. Because, the life lessons they can teach are priceless and have no expiration date.

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