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At Theaters: 9/6/2002 On Video: 3/11/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 26 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409958
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Ben's rock-solid, promising future and romance with Amy are turned upside-down with the arrival of Madison Bell. Madison, the "new girl in town," quickly sets her sights on the impressionable Ben. While their first few meetings are innocent enough, the obsessive and seductive Madison wants more ... much more.
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Thriller - It's similar to "Fatal Attraction," but not as intense. Most of the story shows a girl being obsessed with a guy she had a fling with. She does a lot of little things to get in his life and mess it up. Not until near the end does it get suspenseful.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jesse Bradford CLOCKSTOPPERS, BRING IT ON
Erika Christensen TRAFFIC
Shiri Appleby TV's - ROSWELL
Kate Burton UNFAITHFUL, THE ICE STORM
Dan Hedaya THE CREW, SHAFT, DICK, A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY
Director: John Polson SIAM SUNSET
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 7 S-words, 3 A-words. Just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: One short scene of sexual activity. No nudity.
VIOLENCE: One boy is killed, but it's not shown.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking at a party and smoking. Nothing to excess.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny comments.
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USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Swimfan is like a dive into an overheated, over-chlorinated pool. It's unpleasant and you want to shut your eyes for relief.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "The only thing Madison forgets is to boil the Cronin family dog in an oversized pot, none of which is to say this formulaic thriller is badly made — it's not. It's just derivative, predictable and entirely forgettable, the sort of low-expectations genre picture that generally goes directly to video.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 152 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
24
Fairly High
75%
13-19Teens (F)
65
High
88%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
9
Fairly Low
89%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
21
About 50/50
76%
30+Adults (M)
10
Fairly Low
100%
30+Adults (F)
23
About 50/50
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

These are certainly some very mixed opinions, which was pretty much what I predicted. Teen and twentysomething females are who this movie is targeted towards and they are the ones who enjoyed it the most. A little over half of them rated it quite high. The remaining ones rated it low to very low. Adult females didn't have as many high opinions as the younger females, but they also didn't have as many low opinions. Most of them rated it around average.

For the ladies, I would say your probability of really enjoying "Swimfan" is 50/50. However, your probability of actually disliking it are fairly low, maybe 20%. So most of you will find it very enjoyable or at least somewhat entertaining.

As for the guys, you'll probably find it to be an OK date movie and you just might really enjoy it as some guys did. But, if you're not taking your lady friend to this movie, it's almost certainly not a movie you'll want to go see with your guy friends.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Very similar story to "Fatal Attraction," except not as intense (or as good). It's certainly not a great movie, but it's probably entertaining enough for most moviegoers, especially its target audience of teens. Adults will likely rate it average at best. The teen and twentysomething crowd will probably rate it above average to very good.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Ben Cronin has it all: the admiration of his many friends, a terrific girlfriend, and he's on the fast-track to an athletic scholarship. Not that it's been easy — every day Ben juggles countless hours in the pool (training for a critical swim meet) with his job at the local hospital, and finding quality time with his high school sweetheart, Amy.

Ben's rock-solid, promising future and romance with Amy are turned upside-down with the arrival of Madison Bell. Madison, the "new girl in town," quickly sets her sights on the impressionable Ben. While their first few meetings are innocent enough, the obsessive and seductive Madison wants more ... much more. Seducing Ben is only the beginning; she becomes his biggest "fan" and most unexpected nightmare, as her obsessions quickly spiral out of control into betrayal, madness and, ultimately, murder.

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