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CLASSY TEEN FARE
on 3 June 2003
Swimfan. All I'd read were bad reviews, but this film puts them all to rest. Bad reviews usually accompany remakes of old movies, especially when classics such as 'Fatal Attraction' are re-located to high school, as is the case here. But Swimfan, although being your average teen movie in terms of predicatability, is far classier than any adult reviewer would have you believe.
So, Ben Cronin (Jesse Bradford - Clockstoppers) is the star of the school swimming team, an all-round good guy, but with a shady past involving drugs and a spell at a correctional school. He is dating sweet as apple pie Amy (Erika Christensen). You know, she is the kind of girl that always hands homework in on time, she is never late and heaven forbid if she swore. But she knows how to have a good time. Their relationship is perfect, and with the regional swimming finals coming up, things can only get better if Ben wins his scholarship to California.
But, as in all teen movies, someone comes along to spoil it. Madison Bell (Shiri Appleby - TV's Roswell) is the new girl at school, and she becomes besotted with Ben, eventually seducing him in the swimming pool. She turns from friend to stalker to murderess. As time goes on, events start to get strange, and Ben gets the blame each time. Madison is loose and out to get her man. But at a price.
Swimfan is essentially a movie made for teens, it explores the nature of teen relationships in a very real way, and you find yourself empathising with the characters: the helpless Ben, the innocent Amy and the jilted Madison. Not the best teen movie out there, but certainly worth a try and a few repeat watchings.