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Swimfan (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 6 September 2002 (USA)
A high school senior with a promising swimming career has a one-night stand with consequences.

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Carla Cronin
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Josh
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Randy
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Rene (as Kia Joy Goodwin)
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Coach Simkins
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Mr. Tillman
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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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Ben Cronin had the perfect life until he met the new girl. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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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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Swimf@n  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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$11,326,601 (USA) (6 September 2002)

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$28,563,926 (USA) (27 November 2002)
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Erika Christensen and Jason Ritter (Madison and Randy) also appeared on Parenthood (Julia Braverman and Mark Cyr). See more »

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

Quotes

Madison: You said that you loved me!
Ben: You told me to.
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Featured in Tell Me You Love Me: Episode #1.8 (2007) See more »

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This shouldn't be that good, but it is
6 September 2002 | by (Montgomery County, PA) – See all my reviews

I would like to say that this movie hasn't got many reasons to be as good as it is, because it is a teen/twentysomething play on a formula that's kind of, or for lack of a better phrase truly, been done to death. Fatal Attraction movies, while occasionally pulling at least one different trick out of their hat, are always the same, that's why Michael Douglas is in 95% of them. However, it's extremely well made by director John Polson and well-acted by the young cast, particularly Traffic's Erika Christensen, who shines as Madison Bell, the obsessive swim fan of the title.

The story deals with Ben Cronin, a high school senior who's life is going pretty well, as the hero's usually is at the start of these pictures, he has a lot of good friends, he has a girlfriend Amy (Shiri Appleby) who is as sweet as apple pie, and he's on the way to a swimming scholarship to Stanford. However, all of that changes once he encounters Madison Bell, the seductive new girl in town. He only wants to be friends with her, but after they have a one night stand, she becomes more obsessive, stalking him, ruining every aspect of his life, and generally acting like a nuisance. I suppose I don't have to say that because that is pretty much how a Fatal Attraction picture works.

What makes this movie work is that it is well done, and it is as creepy as most FA clones need to be if they expect to work. Plus, the three leads are all very good, albeit this film belongs to Erika Christensen, who does a pretty good job of stealing the movie.


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