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Waterboys (2002)





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Can five teenage boys overcome clumsiness, inexperience, and the taunts of their classmates to become a champion team of synchronized swimmers? That's the key question in this comedy from Japan. Suzuki (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is an enthusiastic competitive swimmer who is the linchpin of his high school's swim team. However, lately there isn't much of a team to lead -- interest in swimming among the school's male students has dropped to almost zero, with Suzuki being the only one who still shows up for practice. When Sakuma (Kaori Manabe), a beautiful young teacher new to the school, takes over as swim coach, the men's team finds itself with a host of new members, but the new enthusiasm for swimming (and seeing Sakuma in a damp bathing suit) soon wanes when she unveils her dream project -- creating a boy's synchronized swimming team. While Suzuki remains loyal as always, before long only four other students remain to help make Sakuma's dream a reality -- math geek Kanazawa (Kuen Kondo), 98-pound-weakling Ohta (Akifumi Miura), athletically inept Sato (Hiroshi Tamaki), and timid Saotome (Takatoshi Kaneko), who hides the secret of his homosexuality from everyone at the school. Just as the team is starting to take shape, Sakuma is forced to take maternity leave, and with their first major public performance on the horizon, Suzuki and his teammates are driven to take advice wherever they can get it, ranging from a dolphin trainer at a water park to a group of aquatically inclined cross-dressers. By the way, if Kaori Manabe looks especially comfortable performing in a swimsuit, that's to be expected -- in Japan, she's best known as a high-profile bikini model. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Naoto Takenaka
as Isomura
Akira Emoto
as Madam
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Ridiculously funny...!!! I can't count how many laughs I have while watching this movie because it was hilarious and yes it is ridiculous.. Maybe it is not the best movie you've ever seen, but surely it is one of the funniest movie you'll ever see..

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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If you enjoy quirky Japanese culture, you will enjoy this film. It's got all the classic soft-pop, cutesy, feel-good comedic Japanese elements: a quirky group of high school students, an underdog's fight to make it to the top, boy meets girl, and ridiculous off the wall jokes. The story starts with a young student and his band of friends preparing for their high school festival. The rag tag group of guys are on the swim team, but since they are all terrible at it their coach refuses to teach them. In his place an energetic young teacher comes in to take over, but since she doesn't know anything about coaching a swim team, she decides to make a synchronized swim team instead. Soon after she suddenly realizes she's pregnant and has to take maternity leave, and the abandoned boys are left feeling even more hopeless. Their leader Suzuki tries to raise their spirits, he is determined not to be a failure anymore. He finds himself enlisting the aid of a seaworld trainer who ends up giving them a Mr. Miyagi style instruction. The awkward and cute antics are a lot of fun to watch. There are moments when the film moves along a little slowly, but overall there are a lot of good laughs and enough quirky humor to make anyone who feels like they are sinking, swim. It's a feel good movie, that doesn't leave you feeling too drippy about seeing it.

Lau Murray
Lau Murray

I'm honestly not surprised this doesn't have any votes or anything. This movie is absolutely amazing. Several classmates compared it to the american Napoleon Dynamite. The fact that it's about a bunch of school boys tricked into a synchro. swimming league by a cute teacher makes it even funnier. The whole time they're debating learning before becoming determined to do so, with a few interesting twists and turns along the way. It kept me laughing, which is all I ask for in a good comedy.

Nichole Stoner
Nichole Stoner

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