Swingers

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Time Out says

This first feature follows Mike (Favreau) as he gets back into the dating game after the abrupt and unwelcome termination of a six-year relationship. An out-of-work New York actor looking for a break in LA, he's dragged out of his mope by pals Rob (Livingston), Charles (Desert), Sue (Van Horn) and, especially, the irrepressible Trent (Vaughn), who insists they chase down some honeys in Vegas. Wiser, and poorer, they return to trawl the Angelino hotspots. Love it and loathe it, this film wants it both ways. We're supposed to be appalled at the callous chauvinism of the predatory male, but also to get off on his jive, sharp suits and cool car. We do, too. It's a bit smug, a bit smarmy, but you should still see this movie, and here are ten reasons why: (i) Vince Vaughn - a louche, lanky ego salesman, he's the definitive '90s lounge lizard. (ii) Jon Favreau - a subtler actor than Vaughn, he spends the entire picture sulking, and still has you pulling for him. Plus, he wrote the script, and (iii) this is the most quotable movie since Clueless. (iv) It boasts the best answerphone gag in the history of the movies. Bar none. (v-x) Ninety minutes spent learning how not to pick up girls. This is what the movies were made for, isn't it?
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Release details

UK release:

1996

Duration:

96 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Doug Liman

Cast:

Heather Graham, Alex Desert, Patrick Van Horn, Ron Livingston, Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Deena Martin

Music:

Justin Reinhardt

Production Designer:

Brad Halvorson

Editor:

Steve Mirrione

Cinematography:

Doug Liman

Screenwriter:

Jon Favreau

Producer:

Victor Simpkins

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William M

I really hated this film.  A celebration of worthless punks who are not funny, unless you're about 14-years old.  Vince Vaughn basically plays himself for the first time in a long line of predictable and uninteresting Vince Vaughn films.  "Swingers" was made for guys who wish they could get away with being publicly obnoxious.  Ironically, many of them already are, though they just haven't quite realized it yet (though the women they come into contact with certainly have.)