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The producers of the Japanese films Shall We Dance? and Sumo Do, Sumo Don't have turned out a clone based on their audience-winning formula, replacing ballroom dancing and sumo wrestling with synchronized swimming. Waterboys is another zany story about oddball loners—in this case, nerdy high school boys—who find inner strength, build team spirit, triumph over adversity, and demonstrate every other cliche of the genre. You have to wonder what brought independent director Shinobu Yaguchi on board. Sadly, his amusingly twisted, anarchic spirit can't shake Waterboys out of its predictability, though he comes close in the grand finale—a swimming exhibition so goofily over-the-top it's breathtaking. 90 min.

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