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Swimming

Robert J. Siegel directed this sweet, low-key movie set in Myrtle Beach, about a shy but perceptive teenager named Frankie (Lauren Ambrose) who, along with her older brother, manages the family restaurant during the summer tourist season. She and her flirtatious best friend (Jennifer Dundas Lowe) spend their evenings guy watching and prowling for dates, but their relationship is threatened by the arrival of a seductive waitress, who instigates Frankie's sexual awakening. There's nothing exceptional about this coming-of-age story. But it's presented in such a nicely understated manner, and Ambrose turns in such a good lead performance, that it rises several notches above most of today's teen movies. 98 min.

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