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Swingers
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09.07.2011 By: Mathew Plale
Swingers order
Director:
Doug Liman

Actors:
Jon Favreau
Vince Vaughn
Heather Graham

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of aspiring actors search for work, love and all that is "money" in and out of Los Angeles hotspots.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Swingers (1996) is a buddy comedy about a group of wannabe actors in Los Angeles spending their days in auditions and their nights at whatever club they would seem to cool to be in.

At the center is Mike (Jon Favreau), a nice enough guy fresh out of a six-year relationship. It’s been so long since he’s stepped to the plate that he doesn’t know what to do with a girl’s phone number except call her a half-dozen times before she even gets home that night.

His best friend Trent (Vince Vaughn) is maybe the most loud and obnoxious resident in the state. And it is he and his martini--not Mike--who is supposed to be the role model to all 20-something males watching the movie. (Nevermind how pathetic he looks in the last scene playing peek-a-boo with himself; he gets the best lines and is therefore, in this case, the most impressionable character.)

Swingers seems to exist solely to establish what is “cool” and lay out a manual for guys. Here’s an abridged outline: any Glen brand of scotch is king; you must wait three days to call a girl; women are “beautiful babies” and should be treated as seven numbers with breasts; guys you don’t like are “bitches”; use “money” only as an adjective, as in “You’re so money!”

Favreau, who also wrote the screenplay, was at some point probably just like Mike, Trent, Rob (Ron Livingston), and Sue (Patrick Van Horn), scouring bad jazz joints for digits, checking messages for callbacks and namedropping everything/one from Sega and Shaq to Reservoir Dogs and Tony Bennett. He should be proud that his “comedic treatment of his life” was produced for $200,000, grossed more than 20 times that and established his and his friends’ careers.

Based on that, Swingers is a huge indie success. But Favreau and his movie try too hard to be hip to actually be hip. Like a Big Bad Voodoo Daddy cover band.
THE EXTRAS
Audio commentary with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn: Favreau and Vaughn’s track focuses almost exclusively on whatever pops up onscreen. Though this limits the scope of the track, the chemistry between the two is great and makes the commentary a solid listen.

Audio commentary with director Doug Liman and editor Stephen Mirrione: Fans won’t immediately jump to this commentary, but it’s surprisingly the more lively of the two. Liman and Mirrione also often comment on the scenes as they come, but the duo have more to say, making the commentary both fun and informative.

“Making It In Hollywood” Original Documentary (49:19): Divided into four sections (“Art Imitates Life: Writing the Story,” “Life Creates Art: Getting Swingers Made,” “Life Imitates Art: Swingers Culture,” “Art Creates Life: Life After Swingers”), this interview-heavy documentary covers just about every aspect of Swingers that fans could ever want to learn about, from the script to the impact the movie had.

The Cutting Room Floor (13:56): These five deleted/extended scenes (“Alley looking for Club,” “The Hockey Game,” “The Kiss,” “Vegas Girls Trailer,” “Drunk in the Diner”) can be viewed separately or as a bunch. None really add to the story or the sequences they were cut from.

“Swing Blade” (3:26) is a mash-up trailer for Swingers and Sling Blade. It has been approved for all hipsters and hillbillies.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Lionsgate has done some great work with their Miramax-licensed titles such as Amélie and Good Will Hunting. Unfortunately for fans (and there are plenty out there), the recently released Swingers is seriously lacking. The great defense of the disc’s video quality is that, as the movie was shot on a $200,000 budget, it’s not expected to look great. Fair enough, but it should look better. This Blu-ray is an upgrade over the DVD, but the weak blacks and overblown whites show just how little effort was put in.
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8:49PM on 09/07/2011

Gotta respectfully disagree

I always thought the ending of the movie pretty much showed that the way those guys acted could have as much misses than hits in certain cases. Anyways, respect your review, but I realy enjoy this movie as well. The resolution with Favreau's character just puts a smile on my face.
I always thought the ending of the movie pretty much showed that the way those guys acted could have as much misses than hits in certain cases. Anyways, respect your review, but I realy enjoy this movie as well. The resolution with Favreau's character just puts a smile on my face.
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3:48PM on 09/07/2011
wow i guess you're just way too mature for this movie, huh? hard to believe you couldn't find a character you liked or related to, or had friends that were exactly like mike's
wow i guess you're just way too mature for this movie, huh? hard to believe you couldn't find a character you liked or related to, or had friends that were exactly like mike's
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2:21PM on 09/07/2011
This is one of my favorite movies. I saw this when I was in 7th grade and even at that young impressionable age I did not see Trent as a role model type. He was loud and obnoxious but funny. It is like saying Cousin Eddie is a role model because he gets the best lines in Christmas Vacation. Just cannot agree. I love this movie and cannot wait to own it on blu ray since somehow my friends lost my DVD.
This is one of my favorite movies. I saw this when I was in 7th grade and even at that young impressionable age I did not see Trent as a role model type. He was loud and obnoxious but funny. It is like saying Cousin Eddie is a role model because he gets the best lines in Christmas Vacation. Just cannot agree. I love this movie and cannot wait to own it on blu ray since somehow my friends lost my DVD.
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1:01PM on 09/07/2011
I think this is a pretty darn good movie. And I don't think that Trent is supposed to be a role model. He's just Mike's closest friend, albeit one rather shallow friend. And hey, what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another. That's true of how to be cool, and also of this movie.
I think this is a pretty darn good movie. And I don't think that Trent is supposed to be a role model. He's just Mike's closest friend, albeit one rather shallow friend. And hey, what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another. That's true of how to be cool, and also of this movie.
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8:14AM on 09/07/2011
I love this movie. I love the dialogue, the story, the characters, and a lot of the sequences. I don't try to act like the characters in the movie (I could never pull that off on the East Coast); it's just fun and amusing watching this guy try to get over breaking up with his girlfriend and watching his friends try to help . . . all set in Hollywood.
I love this movie. I love the dialogue, the story, the characters, and a lot of the sequences. I don't try to act like the characters in the movie (I could never pull that off on the East Coast); it's just fun and amusing watching this guy try to get over breaking up with his girlfriend and watching his friends try to help . . . all set in Hollywood.
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7:58AM on 09/07/2011

Give an actual review

It's cool you don't like the flick... but give an actual review, rather than just a rundown of the movie and some sarcastic comments. Give reasons why you think the movie is trying too hard... instead of making fun of fans and calling them "hipsters". Swingers existed long before the hipster sub-culture was around... I'm not a fan of that sub-culture, but I am a fan of the film and would like to hear and would value an opposing view point of the film that doesn't feel like an IMDB comment
It's cool you don't like the flick... but give an actual review, rather than just a rundown of the movie and some sarcastic comments. Give reasons why you think the movie is trying too hard... instead of making fun of fans and calling them "hipsters". Swingers existed long before the hipster sub-culture was around... I'm not a fan of that sub-culture, but I am a fan of the film and would like to hear and would value an opposing view point of the film that doesn't feel like an IMDB comment doused with some what pretentious topping that is only left to make fans mad and gives no explanation as to why you don't think the movie is good...
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