The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society presents the comic feature The Big Bad Swim tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Spring street in Vineyard Haven.
A community pool in Connecticut is the setting for this film in which, as you might expect, learning to swim is the metaphor for life: Ultimately it’s better to jump in with both feet, and get in the swim, rather than sit on the deck, because life happens to you anyway.
Actress Paget Brewster is endearing and believable as Amy, the wired-to-breaking point math teacher who not only is being dumped by her husband but also is about to lose her job, and ends up taking a gamble on a new life. TV soap actor Jeff Branson plays Noah, the earnest, vulnerable swim teacher who goes the extra pool length to help his students overcome their fears, and discovers he can learn from his students. Pretty, sexy Jess Weixler deftly plays Jordan, the swimmer-to-be who works two jobs, one as a pole dancer, the other as a blackjack dealer. Her character provides the catalyst for change amongst the ensemble which turns out what reviewers called a happy, feel-good film.
This 2006 American feature won prizes in major film festivals but was not widely exhibited. It runs 96 minutes and was not rated. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $8, or $5 for society members.