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The Big Bad Swim (2006)

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A group of Connecticut locals enroll in an adult-education beginner's swim class.

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Ishai Setton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paget Brewster ... Amy Pierson
Jeff Branson ... Noah Owens
Jess Weixler ... Jordan Gallagher
Raviv Ullman ... Hunter McCarthy (as Ricky Ullman)
Avi Setton Avi Setton ... David Gallagher
Todd Susman ... Martin Webber
Kevin Porter Young Kevin Porter Young ... Carl
Darla Hill Darla Hill ... Joanna Webber
Terria Joseph ... Norah
Liza Lapira ... Paula
Crystal Bock Crystal Bock ... Mary Beth
Emma Adele Galvin ... Jaime (as Emma Galvin)
Judy Cole Judy Cole ... Rosy
Ostaro Ostaro ... Efram
Michael Mosley ... Shawn
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An adult swim class sets the stage for this sexually charged comedy-drama about love, loss, and second chances. Three strangers-inextricably connected through personal heartbreak-find themselves entering deep water as they learn that life isn't always about diving right in-it's about getting your feet wet once in awhile. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Life is about keeping your head above water.

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strach przed plywaniem See more »

Filming Locations:

Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA

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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Big Bad Swim Floats To The Top
16 August 2006 | by G BSee all my reviews

I had the pleasure of screening "The Big Bad Swim" at the 2006 New London Film Festival last week. The festival highlights some of the best independent and non-mainstream films from the past year. It was my assumption that "The Big Bad Swim" was chosen for screening at this festival for the simple reason that it was shot locally in and around Eastern Connecticut. However, as the credits began to roll I could only think about how well "The Big Bad Swim" compared to the others featured during the festival. By far it topped my list, followed by "The Puffy Chair", "Who Killed The Electric Car" and "Transamerica".

The "The Big Bad Swim" is an engaging, truthful and often-humorous look at several adult education swim class pupils and their likable yet troubled instructor that has a depth that I've not seen on screen in quite a while. The interweaving character development and plot lines derived from something as absurd as adult-swimming lessons works in subtle and endearing ways which I found refreshing. The plot doesn't beat you over the head with a direction; rather it builds and grows organically with a pace that was spot on. I was never bored. I never cringed. I never stepped out of the story on the screen.

The humor of the film is something like "Napoleon Dynamite" meets "Old School". The acting from a group of relatively unknown actors was credible and their dialog never seemed awkward or contrived. Obviously not being a multi-million production the camera shot weren't all awe-inspiring and clear, but adequate and well done for the budget. The lighting and filming technique for scenes filmed in the strip club setting were particularly eye catching because of a more realistic approach than a similar themed scene found in "Closer". I also found shots filmed underwater of the class from the waist down seemed to be just as much a portrait of character as a shot from the shoulders up could be.

I sure it's said over and over from many in the independent film industry, but I have to say it: If "The Big Bad Swim" isn't picked up for some kind of distribution I would extremely disappointed. "The Big Bad Swim" needs to be seen. If you have the chance to see this film, SEE IT! Disappointment is impossible!


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