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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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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
- Last updated: September 21, 2019
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