SWIM­MING WITH MEN (12A)

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - CINEMA -

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

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