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Swimming (2000)

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Two girl friends in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina find their relationship changing as they encounter new arrivals to the town. Frankie works with her brother, Neil running their family's ... See full summary »

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Robert J. Siegel
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Ambrose ... Frankie Wheeler
Jennifer Dundas ... Nicola Jenrette (as Jennifer Dundas Lowe)
Joelle Carter ... Josee
Jamie Harrold ... Heath
James Villemaire ... Brad
Josh Pais ... Neil Wheeler
Sharon Scruggs Sharon Scruggs ... Marianne Wheeler
Joshua Harto ... Lance
Anthony Ruivivar ... Kalani
Russ Ferrari Russ Ferrari ... Nicky Wheeler
Jeremy Clark Jeremy Clark ... Zack Wheeler (as Gage Nettleson)
Joe Roseto ... Phil Dunlop
Jeffrey Ware Jeffrey Ware ... Buzz
Todd A. Kovner ... T
David Raeford-Davis David Raeford-Davis ... Deputy
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Two girl friends in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina find their relationship changing as they encounter new arrivals to the town. Frankie works with her brother, Neil running their family's beach-front burger bar. Frankie's friend, Nicola, runs a body-piercing shop next to the burger shop. Neil hires the life-guard's new flame, Josee, as a waitress. Frankie makes an immediate bond with Josee, which causes jealousy with Nicola. Then a drifter, who sells t-shirts from the back of his van, starts a romance with Frankie. This casts her away from both of the other two women and for the first time gives her confidence to function on her own, instead of hiding behind the other more brash or beautiful women. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2000 (USA) See more »

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Плавание See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgetown, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,019, 7 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$161,483, 18 August 2002
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Gotta Make U Understand
Written by "Spider" Ron Entwistle
Performed by 1plus1
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Better than that!
20 September 2003 | by publicparksSee all my reviews

I suppose this is a coming of age movie, and that it therefore ought to show some maturation in its principal subject. But, heck, "Swimming" does.

Frankie starts out almost devoid of self-confidence, hiding her body in baggy clothes and her self behind her older brother and his bossiness, letting her friends boss her too, unless one of them asks her to assert herself, become conspicuous, risk rejection.

Thanks to new relationships, with a girl who, despite having some good and loving impulses, is using her attractiveness to manipulate both Frankie and her older brother, and with a somewhat goofy guy who is not at all manipulative, Frankie finds the grit to stand up to her brother and to both her old girlfriend and her new one -- to assert herself and to act to change her world. She even finds the courage to cut her old friend a lot of slack.

The setting of the story and the secondary characters are almost too gritty and "realistic," but all the actors -- and especially Lauren Ambrose -- perform well and even a weird Marine (Anthony Ruivivar, now playing in "Third Watch" on TV) is almost believable.

I enjoyed this movie a lot! I must add that I am grateful to Sundance for showing this film on TV.


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