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The Swimsuit Issue


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Seven clumsy menopausal males strive to become the new kings of a female-dominated sport in this comedy from Sweden. Frederik (Jonas Inde) is a man in his mid-forties whose life has been taking a series of small turns for the worst; he's lost his job as a newspaper reporter, his teenage daughter Sara (Amanda Davin) considers him an embarrassment, and his ego is bruised by the notion that his former wife has just earned a raise and a promotion. Frederik and a handful of buddies play floor hockey on a regular basis, but now the team is looking for a new home as their gym is now overrun by special teams for women, kids and the handicapped and has no space for them. One night, Frederik and the team work up a comedy skit for a friend's bachelor party in which they impersonate a women's synchronized swimming team in drag; the sketch is a hit, and while repeating it a few days later doesn't go at all well, it gives Frederik the idea that they could form Sweden's first all-male synchronized swimming team. The fact that Frederik and his buddies are overweight and can barely tread water doesn't dampen their enthusiasm to prove that they can still do something remarkable, but convincing anyone else that they're not some sort of joke is an uphill struggle. Directed and co-written by Mans Herngren, Allt Flyter (aka The Swimsuit Issue) features an original score by the acclaimed Swedish rock band The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Dive Into This Funny, Feel-Good Film: A Familiar Underdog Formula Succeeds With Charm, Heart, And Big Laughs March 20 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Some films are just designed to be unabashed and unapologetic crowd pleasers and the Swedish delight "The Swimsuit Issue" executes this task with precision. An ode to brotherhood and synchronized swimming, I'm not the first (and nor will I be the last) to compare this movie with the equally charming "The Full Monty." Neither film originated this genre of feel good cinema, but both use its conventions to excellent affect. Where the Monty gang resorted to stripping in times of financial hardship, the Swimsuit boys enter the competitive arena of synchronized swimming as a sort of psychological contest to validate their middle-aged worthiness. Thoughtful, funny, outrageous, and appropriately touching when necessary--this film hits all the familiar beats and yet still manages to seem surprisingly fresh. You may know exactly where this journey will take you, but the ride is thoroughly enjoyable!

Leading our unlikely band of heroes is the charismatic Jonas Inde, an irresponsible man-child with a strained relationship to his teenaged daughter. What begins as a bachelor party joke soon begins to achieve legitimacy as Inde realizes that synchronized swimming was once an all male sport. Enlisting his buddies to try for a place in the upcoming World Cup, however, is just the start of the comic mayhem. With requisite hilarity, the men bumble their way toward success and acceptance fending off reverse discrimination and veiled assaults on their masculinity. As Inde's daughter assists the newly formed team, the improbable soon begins to look possible--but there are still plenty of speed bumps along the way.

With nice bits on friendship and the thawing of a complex father/daughter bond, there are numerous moments of sweetness in this film. Naturally, the unexpected quest leads to terrific character growth and lessons are learned by all. But at its center, "The Swimsuit Issue" is an absurdly funny sports comedy--the kind where the underdog team rises to meet the competitive obstacles placed before them. I was wholeheartedly invested in this fable, even if it breaks no new ground. But it's entertaining, well done, well acted and laugh out loud funny. What more can you really expect? Simply fun for the sake of fun--this is an easy recommendation. About 4 1/2 stars for reinvigorating a familiar genre with much heart, comedy and charm! KGHarris, 3/11.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Warm-hearted and funny Dec 16 2010
By Blue in Washington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"The Swimsuit Issue", the latest film from Swedish director Mans Herngren, was a big hit at last year's Tribeca Film Festival. I was hoping to see it in U.S. distribution. It has a fine and original story line -- a group of thirty-something guys lose their arena hockey playing space and switch sports to fit what space is available. It happens to be a swimming pool; and the new sport for the disenfranchised aging jocks is synchronized swimming. A lot of grief follows as the sport is rarely practiced by men and for most, a masculine form just doesn't provide the same level of grace and beauty that the women's sport does. For the guys on the new team--a disparate group that has more slackers than hotshots--it becomes a matter of pride and way to prove to themselves and their families that they are not chronic losers.

The film has a lot of heart and humor. Director Herngren skillfully gets the best out of a very good cast and avoids the slapstick and melodrama that could have torpedoed the story line. While the film has a recognizably Swedish context, its appeal is universal and should be popular with any audience. Recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Swimsuit Issue May 16 2010
By Marina - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this story to be an enjoyable adventure, but not an adventure in the sense of fantasy, no, a modern adventure with a group of people changing -or challenging- the social norms within their country. The story's beginning was somewhat slow and I wasn't sure how I felt about it but about halfway through and especially while looking back I would recommend this film, for I did enjoy it.
~M
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
acceptance Sept. 19 2013
By kathryn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The way the daughter learns to accept her father, the way he learns to accept change & go w/ it, the acceptance of gays by his homophobic teammate all go a long way to making this story a keeper. I have lent it out to all kinds of people & it has not failed yet to win them over. It is humanity in a small box!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
SUBTITLES RAWR July 25 2012
By Swedish Am - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love this movie. Love, love, love. But I speak Swedish. I don't need the subtitles. BUT I CAN'T TURN THEM OFF. Forgive my rage, but this is so frustrating!


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