By Nell Minow,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Haven't we all seen this already? Too many times?
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Tension and peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Strong language for PG-13.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teen drinking and smoking, references to drug use.
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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.
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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.
- In theaters: September 6, 2002
- On DVD or streaming: March 11, 2003
- Cast: Erika Christensen, Jesse Bradford, Shiri Appleby
- Director: John Polson
- Inclusion Information: Middle Eastern/North African actors
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- Genre: Thriller
- Run time: 85 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: peril, language, grisly images, and sexual situations
- Last updated: November 3, 2022
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