Swimfan (2002)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Cronin
Rene (as Kia Joy Goodwin)
Coach Simkins
Michael Higgins ...
Mr. Tillman
Detective John Zabel
Pamela Isaacs ...
Mrs. Egan
Christopher Dante (as James Debello)
Aunt Gretchen Christopher


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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A teen "Fatal Attraction"
12 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ben Cronin (Jesse Bradford) has it all--he's a high schooler with a great mother, a wonderful girlfriend and a great career ahead of him as a swimmer. However he meets beautiful Madison Bell (Erika Christensen) and (stupidly) has sex with her. It turns out she's a psycho and when he rejects her she goes out to turn his life into a living hell...and she's not above murdering someone.

Totally predictable but surprisingly not bad at all. The characters talk and act like teens (although they all look their age--early 20s), the story moves fairly quickly and I was never bored. There are some glaring lapses in logic but, while I was watching the movie, they didn't bother me. For instance, it's impossible for Bell to do all the things she does. Also the sex and violence is very toned down for the PG-13 rating. Good performances really make the film work. Bradford is very good as Cronin. Handsome, muscular and believable. Shiri Appleby does wonders with her sadly underwritten role as his girlfriend. Christensen is excellent as Bell. She's both beautiful and very scary.

No masterpiece bit a good, solid teen thriller. I paid $9.50 and thought it was money well spent! Worth catching.

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