SWIMMING WITH MEN (12A)
Inspired by a true story, director Oliver Parker’s feelgood comedy treads a lot of dramatic water before a rousing finale, which affirms the power of friendship to heal emotional wounds. Swimming With Men follows a group of disillusioned husbands, widowers and singletons, who find camaraderie, courage and a sense of belonging as a ramshackle synchronised swimming team. Screenwriter Aschlin Ditta wades through syrupy sentiment and familiar plot points to reach a fist-pumping resolution, which includes underwater shots of a homegrown cast putting their best feet forward in pursuit of sporting glory. There are touching moments bubbling beneath the surface of Ditta’s script but back stories are undernourished.
Friendship comedy Swimming With Men