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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 ...
- In theaters: September 6, 2002
- On DVD or streaming: March 11, 2003
- Cast: Erika Christensen, Jesse Bradford, Shiri Appleby
- Director: John Polson
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- Genre: Thriller
- Run time: 85 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: peril, language, grisly images, and sexual situations
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