Oliver Parker

Swimming with Men

United Kingdom 2018
In English, no subtitles
94 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Oliver Parker
Screenplay: Aschlin Ditta
Cast: Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves, Thomas Turgoose, Daniel Mays, Jim Carter
Production: Stewart Le Marechal, Anna Mohr-Pietsch, Maggie Monteith / Met Film Production, Dignity Film Finance, Shoebox Films, Amp Film, Kerris Films
Print Source: The Festival Agency

A likably daft British comedy echoes of The Full Monty and Brassed Off. We get refreshingly unselfconscious moobs and guts, sagging thighs and fading tattoos, belonging to guys sporting unsexy swimming caps and goggles. All that’s lacking is a verruca plaster floating in the foot baths.

A group of miscellaneous middle-aged blokes who form a deeply unlikely male synchronised swimming team, revolving around the local pool in various interlinked formations to musical accompaniment. They’re making no creative progress until accountant Eric (Rob Brydon), suffering from a midlife crisis, joins their ranks. His numeric training tells him they need an extra man to complete the rotational symmetry – and his heart tells him he personally needs some therapeutic bonding.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian