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"...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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
The movie is centered around basic premises that some people are extremely afraid of water even in the shallow end of the pool. I know this to be true as I taught such adults one summer while in college. There were four in the class that would have drowned in four feet of water if they ever fell over. The panic they felt would literally paralyze them to the point they could not stand up.
Anyway this movie is enjoyable on many levels.
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Excellent movie! This is a well written and well acted indie film.Published 5 months ago by Lynell Everett
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 morePublished on January 23, 2014 by LuckyLauren
What an awesome little indie film! Really interesting characters, a touch of humor, and an ensemble that really worked well together. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Cynthia Jendrejcak
This movie was funny, but dramatic.
lots of dysfunctional characters > main selling point
TNA ! Read more
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 morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Orsecoque
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 morePublished on November 23, 2010 by Eric Sanber
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