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John Polson

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About the Movie

A moment of temptation leads to a high body count and untold regrets for a high-school swimming star in this thriller starring Bring It On's Jesse Bradford and Traffic's Erika Christensen. Despite a shady past involving drugs and the juvenile justice system, Ben Cronin (Bradford) seems to have it all: a loving mother, a devoted girlfriend (Shiri Appleby), and a shot at a college scholarship in California. But the same week that athletic scouts will be deciding his future, Ben finds himself embroiled in a flirtation with Madison Bell (Christensen), a bewitching transfer student who seduces him into supposedly strings-free sex during an impromptu swim lesson after hours in the school pool. When Ben takes Madison at her word and goes about his business as if nothing had happened, she insinuates herself into his life with sinister glee. Showing up at Ben's house, befriending his girlfriend, and sending him naked pictures — none of her strategies wins his heart. So Madison turns to other, more devious forms of courtship. Soon, Ben finds himself kicked off the swim team for supposed steroid use, suspected of murdering a rival (Clayne Crawford), and rejected by his girlfriend for his sexual indiscretions. Eventually, though, he receives help in uncovering the genesis of Madison's uncanny fixation from an unexpected source. Originally titled "Swimfan85" (after Madison's Internet screen name), the retitled Swimfan hit the top spot at the back-to-school box office when it was released September 6, 2002. Dan Hedaya co-stars as Ben's stern but loving mentor, Coach Simkins. Actor-turned-director John Polson previously helmed Siam Sunset. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 91
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 78
  • Average Rating: 3.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Proof that a thriller can be sleekly shot, expertly cast, paced with crisp professionalism... and still be a letdown if its twists and turns hold no more surprise than yesterday's weather report. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Rotten: It would be great to see this turd squashed under a truck, preferably a semi. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Aug 4, 2007

Rotten: A chiller resolutely without chills. – Scott Foundas, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The first Fatal Attraction was vile enough. Do we really need the Tiger Beat version? – Charles Taylor,, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews


the BEST MOVIE in the world!!


... A VERY BAD MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Escape while you can, before you lose 3 bucks you'll ever see again! DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If that's any indication that you should avoid this stupid-stew, then by all means, follow my example, and skip out on this idiotic attempt at making a stalker-movie.


this movie was superb! seriously. it was great, kept u on the edge of ur seat.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2002

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