MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2 1/2

High school senior Ben Cronin (Jesse Bradford) has a promising future with the chance for a swimming scholarship. He also credits his girlfriend Amy (Shiri Appleby) with helping him straighten out his past problems. But when he yields to the tempting flirtation of Madison Bell (Erika Christensen), a new girl in school, Bens promising future begins to unravel. After a switched medicine incident, hes fired from his hospital aide job. A drug-tainted specimen gets him kicked off the swim team and hes suspected in the death of a teammate. Bens even accused of injuring Amy. With the aid of her cousin, the often-ridiculed Dante (James DeBello), Ben learns some secrets of Madisons past that might get her out of his life, before she destroys it. This teenaged version of FATAL ATTRACTION is even co-produced by Michael Douglass Furthur Films. SWIMFAN may attract its target crowd, but mostly out of curiosity.

High school teenage sexual activity seems to be the focus of the story, along with obsessive behavior. In opening scenes, a couple kissing in a truck begin removing clothing and suggestive comments imply on-going sexual activity between Ben and Amy. Although he professes to love Amy, Ben lets Madison seduce him during a late-night swim. Although no nudity is shown, comments and motions graphically indicate their action. However, Bens transgression realistically haunts and distracts him. Because of past problems with the law, Ben is reluctant to come forward with the truth when implicated in a crime. Amy also throws a party, when her parents go out of town, that features underage drinking. Despite the violent nature of the crimes, on-screen violence is limited to some threats and a near drowning. Supportive friends help Ben reveal the truth, and admission of guilt along with heroic action earns forgiveness. Although crude and profane language is limited, a number of obscenities spoil the dialogue. Like teenaged versions of other adult-themed movies, relationships and motivations seem out of place in a high school setting. But implied endorsement, or at least acceptance, of teenage sex and drinking gets no cheers for SWIMFAN.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (3) times Moderate 3

Obscene Language: Many (15) times S-word 8, other 7

Profanity: Few (2) times Regular 1 (J); exclamatory 1 (OMG)

Violence: Several times Mild and moderate (boy threatens with hands on girls neck, slap, body in water with blood, car bumps motorcycle, knife threat, shooting off screen, hit on head, near drowning, attempt hits w/ stick, drowning)

Sex: Once (unmarried teens in water w/motion)

Nudity: Near nudity Few times (teen girl in underwear, photo of girl topless arms cover breasts)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (couple kissing as dress strap taken off, suggestive and crude comments by teens, boy gives elderly man pin-up playing cards, girl flirts with boy, patient asks for Viagra and a nurse, girls blouse open as teens kiss)

Drugs: Underage drinking at party, cigarette smoking, reference to past drug problem

Other: Teen talks about past problems and how ended, teen girl has party when parents out of town, impulsive act leads to guilt/ distraction, girl becomes obsessive about boy, boy confesses earns reconciliation

Running Time: 95 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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