Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cinema /Swimming with Men

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cinema /Swimming with Men

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STARRING: Rob Brydon, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Daniel Mays, Thomas Turgoose, Adeel Akhtar, Charlotte Riley, Ronan Daly, Jane Horrocks, Chris Epson, Spike White, Christian Rubeck.

DIRECTOR: Oliver Parker. CERTIFICATE: 12A (97 mins).

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 deep emotional wounds.

Swimming With Men follows a group of disillusioned husbands, widowers and singletons who discover camaraderie, courage and a sense of belonging as a ramshackle synchronised swimming team.

Screenwriter Aschlin Ditta wades through syrupy sentiment festooned with familiar plot points to reach a fist-pumping resolution, which includes underwater shots of a homegrown cast putting their best feet forward (and in the air) in pursuit of sporting glory. …

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