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The Big Bad Swim (2007)

Paget Brewster , Jeff Branson , Ishai Setton  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paget Brewster, Jeff Branson, Jess Weixler, Ricky Ullman
  • Directors: Ishai Setton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PKG6GM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Big Bad Swim" on IMDb

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A sexually-charge comedy about love, loss, and second chances. Audience Award Best Feature Film Winner at the Tallgrass Film Festival. Best American Independent Winner at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Best Feature Film Winner ath the Annapolis Film Festival. Bonus Features include: Filmmaker's Commentary, Cinematographer's Video Journal, and Deleted Scenes.


"A real comic find." "...consistently funny..." "Swim' sets up expectations that are cleverly dashed at every turn." "...[this] good-looking tale has a rhythm that feels just right." --Variety

"...a feel-good eccentric ensemble comedy you won't feel guilty for loving." "Swim has good writing and better performances...grab your suit and dive in." --Seattle Weekly

"It's rare to come across a debut feature that's well-crafted and whose cast oozes a bright future." --Associated Press

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jump into "The Big Bad Swim" October 4, 2007
A community pool in Connecticut is the setting for this "under the radar" film
which is charming, funny,entertaining, and appealing. Although it won prizes
in major film festivals, The Big Bad Swim was not widely released to theatres
across America, but was distributed in DVD form, and selectively shown.

It is unfortunate that The Big Bad Swim never had the marketing muscle of a Hollywood
release, considering how many sinkers Hollywood HAS released this year.
The Big Bad Swim, a genuinely good independent film, has to swim upstream on its own.

In "The Big Bad Swim," actress Paget Brewster is endearing and believable as Amy, the
wired-to-breaking point math teacher who loses her husband and is about to also
lose her job, but then ends up taking a gamble on a new life. TV soap actor Jeff Branson--
who is HOT-- plays Noah, the earnest, vulnerable swim teacher who goes the extra pool
length to help his students overcome their fears, and discovers he can learn from his
students. Pretty, sexy Jess Weixler deftly plays Jordan, the swimmer to be who works two
jobs, one as a pole dancer, the other as a blackjack dealer. Her character provides the
catalyst for change amongst the ensemble, but is the least understandable of the characters,
because of alack of a "back story" or motivation as to why she does what she does. Jordan
is young enough to stilllive at home with a ubiquitous, video camera toting younger
brother who spies on her, but her parents arenot shown to be involved with her life in
any way, which seems odd.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story on a very human scale.... July 19, 2008
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The premise for 2006's "The Big Bad Swim" is an adult swim class at a pool in Connecticut, at which a young instructor tries to help the members of the class overcome their respective fears of the water. Away from the pool, the camera will follow the instructor and two of the students as they work through personal challenges, the resolution of which ultimately loop back through the class.

The movie portrays a very human-scale story. There are no car chases, murders, or extraordinary events, just people working through disappointments, divorces, deadend jobs, and second chances. Jeff Branson is the swimming instructor, an earnest young man trying to deal with a significant disappointment, the nature of which is not immediately revealed. His heart is in the right place, and we cannot help but root for his success. Paget Brewster plays a high school teacher going through a painful divorce and trying to restart her life. A chance friendship made at the class leads to new possibilities she is alternatively eager and reluctant to embrace. Jess Weixler plays a casino card dealer and hardened part-time stripper looking for an upside to her life, who finds that sometimes, you just have to ask.

The approach is generally humorous, although we are allowed to share the anxiety of the students over their fear of the water and other challenges in their lives. The plot device of having a couple of students present part of the story as a film documentary is only a partial success. However, tight direction and the deliberate, naturalistic pacing of the story carry the day.

"The Big Bad Swim" is very highly recommended as an entertaining and different indie film, a comedy-drama presented on a very human scale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ripple, not a splash November 11, 2007
This movie sneaks up on you. As someone who has always been terrified of water and failed a few swim classes, and as someone who's taken (and taught) quite a few adult ed classes, I was able to relate to the film.

The director picks up the mood of the class...uneasy camaraderie and surprising friendships. We see the characters growing and changing through their whole lives as they engage in the class. Tbere's a lot of truth here: as people get stronger physically, they get stronger emotionally. I've seen this happen at the gym.

I don't agree with the reviewer who objected to incomplete story lines, such as the angry man who leaves or the mom who never returns to class. These incidents make the film real. You get students like those in just about every class.

Spoiler alert:

I was surprised at the outcome. In most swim classes, at least one person doesn't conquer his or her fear. When I took swim classes, I was the one who never got it. But I loved this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun in the shallow end of the DVD aisle March 1, 2008
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Why is it so many lesser quality films draw so much attention, when a sweet little film like this gets left by the wayside?

I bought this DVD for one reason: Paget Brewster. What I discovered instead was a sweet film about people and relationships and taking chances and dealing with our faults and insecurities. Whoever came up with the cover art is selling sizzle for a film full of substance.

Jess Weixler, of 'Teeth', is great. And how many times do you get to talk about such strong female roles? I can't recommend this highly enough.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See it! July 24, 2007
Funny, warm hearted comedy. Excellent cast. See it! (And don't be put off by the misguided cover art)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by ARTHUR TRAVIS
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful dip!
I originally got this film because I'm a huge Paget fan and am collecting all of her films. What I found was a delightful movie that had me completely interested in all of the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by LuckyLauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Neat little indie flick
What an awesome little indie film! Really interesting characters, a touch of humor, and an ensemble that really worked well together. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cynthia Jendrejcak
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Movie
The Big Bad Swim is a very good movie. It is well written, directed, and has excellent acting performances. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by RR in Texas
5.0 out of 5 stars Small film makes BIG splash ...

This movie was funny, but dramatic.

great casting
lots of dysfunctional characters > main selling point

TNA ! Read more
Published on August 1, 2011 by maniac
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleased yet disappointed
I ain't gonna lie to you...I bought this video in the hopes of getting a sneak peek at Paget Brewster's boobs. And possibly more! No banana on that bunch... Read more
Published on April 26, 2011 by Big bad swimmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Go Near the Water
I don't know where this came from. I'd don't ever recall having heard of it. But I'm glad I found it. This is a nifty Indy gem. Read more
Published on November 23, 2010 by Eric Sanberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Good indie film
While I understand the necessity of a bikini-clad woman on the cover art, it misrepresents what this film is really all about, and it's a good movie. Not great, but good.
Published on May 28, 2010 by Nick Denife
3.0 out of 5 stars A forgettable ensemble dramedy
Not being one to jump into the water, so to speak, for unknwon properties, I suprised myself when I purchased this little unknown film on recommendation from Amazon. Read more
Published on October 13, 2009 by Larry VanDeSande
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
The Big Bad Swim is a "slice of life" movie. It touched me in places, and made me laugh in others. The characters were likable and for the most part well portrayed. Read more
Published on March 2, 2009 by astrorev
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