Swimming With Men (PG13)
Starring Rob Brydon, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves
Directed by Oliver Parker
A midlife-crisis-stricken accountant (Rob Brydon), feeling lost at work and unloved at home, finds solace and purpose in an all-male synchronised swim team (Rupert Graves, Daniel Mays, Jim Carter, Adeel Akhtar, and Thomas Turgoose).
If this sounds made-up, it isn’t: It’s based on Men Who Swim, a 2010 documentary about a group of Swedish swimmers who won the amateur world championships.
The unlikely real-life victors even appear in this underdog sports comedy that plays like a cross between Cool Runnings and The Full Monty. Yes, it’s a little predictable and flat at some points, but also heartwarming and oddly inspiring. (***)
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