The Big Bad Swim (2007)

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Ishai Setton's comedy drama The Big Bad Swim concerns the people who sign up to attend a beginner adult swim class. Some of the people involved in the class include Amy (Paget Brewster), whose marriage is on the rocks; Jordan (Jess Weixler), a stripper; and the teacher Noah (Jeff Branson), who eventually experiences romantic sparks with Amy. Another subplot involves a documentary film being made about Jordan. The Big Bad Swim had its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
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NR
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Art House & International , Comedy
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Cast

Paget Brewster
as Amy Pierson
Joanna P. Adler
as Dr. Gaskill
Jeff Branson
as Noah Owens
Jess Weixler
as Jordan Gallagher
Ricky Ullman
as Hunter McCarthy
Scott Winters
as Roulette Player
Crystal Bock
as Mary Beth
Raviv Ullman
as Hunter McCarthy
Avi Setton
as David Gallagher
Darla Hill
as Joanna Webber
Grant Aleksander
as Paul Pierson
Grant Aleksandr
as Paul Pierson
Judy Cole
as Rosy
Emma Galvin
as Jamie
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Critic Reviews for The Big Bad Swim

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Regardless of all the times I've desired more fresh ideas in a movie, The Big Bad Swim reminded me that sometimes characters don't require novelty as long as they feel genuine.

Full Review… | September 18, 2007

there's a little too much time paddling around in the pool when we ought to be getting to know our quiet heroes.

July 3, 2007
Filmcritic.com

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Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

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May 12, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for The Big Bad Swim

FOUND - CC REQUIRED IN TV PROGRAM I glad with use Closed Caption. And, I wanna thanks to tv program. INDIE CHANNEL - 49546 ZIP CODE AND 167 CHANNEL

Brian Fortuna
Brian Fortuna
½

Initially hesitant upon discovering that The Big Bad Swim had no prior reviews, I found out that the movie is a charmer filled with some of the most believable characters I've met to date. There is no line out of place; the acting doesn't come across as acting, and I'm sure all who see this film will find characters to identify with. The film makes no attempt at some grandoise higher level message on morality, friendship, or relationships. Instead it is a true to life story about people who face the same things as we do in the real world. Full of (mostly) unknown faces, the talent brought to the screen was an unexpected but entirely welcome surprise. I'd recommend this to everyone, though it's best for a slightly more mature audience - while the content is tasteful, it is nonetheless not altogether appropriate for the younger crowd.

Kerry Toole
Kerry Toole
½

Don't be thrown by the cover on this film...it isn't a softcore, national Lampoon film. This movie was quite enjoyable and was a fantastic character study. Several apparently different personalities all bound together by one common link: they never learned to swim and they all are taking swimming lessons from the same man. This puts a large group of very normal people with normal problems together when they probably never would have met in the first place. Great set up. Great character development. Also, some interesting character growth. The problem lies in the pacing. We move at such a snail's pace that it is hard to keep on. I realize that this is not a thriller or a big budget CGI laden film. This film is solely dependent on the script, the characters, and how well they are portrayed and they are portrayed very well, but it just gets boring. I have been a huge fan of Paget Brewster since "Huff." The whole cast was great really. A lot of credit for the film's lovability goes to the perfect casting of Brewster and Weixler. "Sometimes characters don't require novelty as long as they feel genuine" and these characters felt wholly genuine, but the pacing keeps it out of the realm of "utterly fantastic." This is a great example of an indie film that sacrificed nothing on the altar of integrity, but lost some of its audience to being too real and nary a hint of escapism.

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