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A high school senior with a promising swimming career has a one-night stand with consequences.

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New Jersey high school senior Ben Cronin is a former juvenile delinquent, whose past criminal behavior was fueled by and for drug use. He credits the support of his now long time girlfriend Amy Miller and getting into competitive swimming as the primary reasons for turning his life around, which includes working part-time at the hospital where his single mother works. He has become the star swimmer of his high school team, so much so that scouts from Stanford University are coming in a week's time to watch Ben swim. Ben has a new swim fan in Madison Bell, a recent transfer student to Ben's high school. Despite Ben making it clear that he is in a committed relationship, Madison seduces him, the seduction to which he succumbs. They agree afterward that their encounter was a one-time only event, but Ben slowly comes to the realization that despite Madison's assertions to the contrary, she has more in mind with him. He feels her constant unspoken threats to expose their tryst and ... Written by Huggo

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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6 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$44,246 (South Africa) (11 April 2003)

Gross:

$44,246 (South Africa) (11 April 2003)
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Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr.:  policeman in police car during opening credits. See more »

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Amy's hair changes color from brown to almost black and back again throughout the film. See more »

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Madison: Christopher? Do you have guests? No, of course not. That'd mean you have friends.
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References Fatal Attraction (1987) See more »

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It's Nothing New
Written by Daniel Thompson and Eric Thompson
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Fodder that seems to work better than it should
8 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ben Cronin (Bradford) is one of those high schoolers that almost had it all: plenty of good friends, a sweet girlfriend (Appleby), and the swimming skills of a champion. His life and success track are scrambled, however, with the introduction to Madison Bell (Christensen), a vixen who becomes smitten with him. Madison seduces Ben in the pool one night, and while he feels guilty after a session of horizontal watersports, Masison goes Glen Close in Fatal Attraction crazy when he turns her down, and the movie starts to turn.

From the previews, Swimfan looked like a bad movie, an "Attraction" set in high school suburbia with Michael Douglas' role as a swim fanatic instead of a businessman. While the last third of the picture veers off heavily into the land of the un-yielding female revenge cliche, the first two-thirds of the film are actually a pretty provocative, tight character study with issues of infidelity and confidence. Christensen, who made a startling breakout role as a judge's intoxicated daughter in 2000's Traffic, plays it rather straight and sensual, which gives the film a boost, until her over-the-top climax, and shows that, in a B-movie sort of showcase, she can hold her own. B-


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