High school senior Ben Cronin (Jesse Bradford) has a promising future with the chance for a swimming scholarship. He also credits his girlfriend Amy (Shiri Appleby) with helping him straighten out his past problems. But when he yields to the tempting flirtation of Madison Bell (Erika Christensen), a new girl in school, Ben’s promising future begins to unravel. After a switched medicine incident, he’s fired from his hospital aide job. A drug-tainted specimen gets him kicked off the swim team and he’s suspected in the death of a teammate. Ben’s even accused of injuring Amy. With the aid of her cousin, the often-ridiculed Dante (James DeBello), Ben learns some secrets of Madison’s past that might get her out of his life, before she destroys it. This teenaged version of FATAL ATTRACTION is even co-produced by Michael Douglas’s Furthur Films. SWIMFAN may attract its target crowd, but mostly out of curiosity.
High school teenage sexual activity seems to be the focus of the story, along with obsessive behavior. In opening scenes, a couple kissing in a truck begin removing clothing and suggestive comments imply on-going sexual activity between Ben and Amy. Although he professes to love Amy, Ben lets Madison seduce him during a late-night swim. Although no nudity is shown, comments and motions graphically indicate their action. However, Ben’s transgression realistically haunts and distracts him. Because of past problems with the law, Ben is reluctant to come forward with the truth when implicated in a crime. Amy also throws a party, when her parents go out of town, that features underage drinking. Despite the violent nature of the crimes, on-screen violence is limited to some threats and a near drowning. Supportive friends help Ben reveal the truth, and admission of guilt along with heroic action earns forgiveness. Although crude and profane language is limited, a number of obscenities spoil the dialogue. Like teenaged versions of other adult-themed movies, relationships and motivations seem out of place in a high school setting. But implied endorsement, or at least acceptance, of teenage sex and drinking gets no cheers for SWIMFAN.