Haven't we all seen this already? Too many times?
  • Review Date: May 2, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 85 minutes

What parents need to know


Tension and peril.


Sexual situation.


Strong language for PG-13.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Teen drinking and smoking, references to drug use.

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.

Families can talk about...

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 6, 2002
DVD release date:March 11, 2003
Cast:Erika Christensen, Jesse Bradford, Shiri Appleby
Director:John Polson
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Run time:85 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:peril, language, grisly images, and sexual situations

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Adult Written bydvdqueen March 21, 2012

nice love Jesse Bradford!

awesome Jesse Bradford movie may not be so good for kids .but 12 and up hey its cool. Swimfan is sooo awesome! love Jesse Bradford sooo much!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written by90210fan February 4, 2011
Love it good movie not for kids
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex


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