Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Haven't we all seen this already? Too many times?
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Tension and peril.


Sexual situation.


Strong language for PG-13.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teen drinking and smoking, references to drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie has sexual references and situations, strong language, and violence. There is a reference to drug testing of athletes that is positive for steroid use.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySuperman2050 October 16, 2018

Swimfan Review

I saw this movie years ago. It was great.
Adult Written byOlivlol April 2, 2018

good movie

Good movie. some blood in brief scenes. A girl in a bikini seduces her major crush into having sex with her, she succeeds and they make out and splash about in... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byaubreygrey19 November 11, 2018

13 and up!

The plot in it Swimfan is good. Highly recommended movie. And there really isn't anything that bad that would affect a child in a bad way. If anything it... Continue reading

What's the story?

A nice, cute guy who seems to have it all meets an extremely attractive girl who promises him guilt-free sex and learns the sad lesson that there's no such thing. The big difference this time is that instead of being a lawyer (Fatal Attraction) or a radio show host (Play Misty for Me), the guy in question is a high school swimming champion.

Is it any good?

Even though anyone who's ever seen a movie will know everything that's going to happen, there are some pretty good jump-out-at-you surprises in SWIMFAN. Having the hero (Jesse Bradford) spend so much time in the pool wearing nothing but a swimsuit and goggles adds to the atmosphere of vulnerability and otherworldliness. Erika Christensen (Traffic) is very effective in her retro good-girl dresses and high heels and uses her baby face well to switch instantly from innocence to obsession. Overall, though, the movie is a forgettable retread of more effective thrillers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the choices made by Ben, Amy, and Madison.

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