|Lowest Recommended Age:||Mature High Schooler|
|Profanity:||Strong language for PG-13|
|Alcohol/Drugs:||Teen drinking and smoking, references to drug use|
|Violence/Scariness:||Tension and peril|
|Diversity Issues:||Friends of different races|
|Movie Release Date:||2002|
Haven’t we all seen this already? Many times? Too many times?
A nice, cute guy who seems to have it all meets extremely attractive girl who promises him guilt-free sex learns the sad lesson that there is no such thing. The big difference this time is that instead of being a lawyer (“Fatal Attraction”) or a radio show host (“Play Misty for Me”), this time the guy is a high school swimming champion.
Even though anyone who has ever seen a movie will know everything that is going to happen, there are some pretty good jump-out-at-you surprises. Having the hero (Jesse Bradford) spend so much time in the pool, wearing nothing but a swimsuit and goggles, adds to the atmosphere of vulnerability and otherworldliness. Erika Christensen of “Traffic” is very effective in her retro good-girl dresses and high heels, and uses her babyface well to switch instantly from innocence to obsession. Overall, though, the movie is a forgettable retread of more effective thrillers.
Parents should know that the movie has sexual references and situations, strong language, and violence. There is a reference to drug testing of athletes that is positive for steroid use.
Families who see this movie should talk about the choices made by Ben, Amy, and Madison.