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  • 'The Guardian' trade review - Variety 9/18/06

    The Guardian

    A Buena Vista release of a Touchstone Pictures and Beacon Pictures presentation of a Contrafilm/Firm Films production. Produced by Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson. Executive producers: Charles Lyons, Peter Macgregor-Scott, Armyan Bernstein, Zanne Devine. Directed by Andrew Davis. Screenplay, Ron L. Brinkerhoff.

    Ben Randall - Kevin Costner
    Jake Fischer - Ashton Kutcher
    Emily Thomas - Melissa Sagemiller
    Maggie McGlone - Bonnie Bramlett
    Capt. William
    "Bill" Hadley - Clancy Brown
    Helen Randall - Sela Ward
    Jack Skinner - Neal McDonough
    Frank Larson - John Heard
    Hodge - Brian Geraghty

    By Joe Leydon
    September 17, 2006

    Kevin Costner plays a tough basic training instructor in the Andrew Davis-helmed pic.
    Aston Kutcher stars as an elite Coast Guard recruit
    challenged to prove himself worthy of the uniform in Buena Vista's 'The Guardian.'

    Cliches and conventions from several generations of basic-training scenarios are proficiently recycled in "The Guardian," a shrewdly updated version of classic (and not-so-classic) military-themed pics about grizzled, blunt-spoken vets who transform cocksure hotheads into coolly efficient professionals.

    With Kevin Costner well cast as a demanding mentor haunted by past failures, and Ashton Kutcher surprisingly effective as a brash recruit dealing with his own demons, the overlong but involving drama has obvious cross-generational appeal. Add some exciting rescue-at-sea sequences, and you have the potential for an early fall breakout hit.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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