You've probably seen print ads, movie reviews, and the like, portraying Swingers as a film about a bunch of suave and sexy guys, making the moves on the pretty babies (aka women) in the nightlife of La-La land. The title's double entendre doesn't help matters, either, so let me set the record straight.
Swingers is about a bunch of guys in L.A., yes, but they aren't overly suave, with the exception of Trent (the hysterically funny Vince Vaughn), who lives in an apparent fantasy world of Clockwork Orangey faux-English doublespeak. His best friend is Mike (Jon Favreau, who also wrote the script), a down-and-out actor/comedian suffering over the breakup with his girlfriend of six years. Rob (Ron Livingston) and Sue (is in "a boy named Sue," Patrick Van Horn) are both actors/losers also.
Weaving through Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Trent, Mike, and their friends turn out to pretty much be high-talkers and low-rollers, about like everyone else. We see that these are regular guys, each with his own demons, each as insecure as you and me. But they talk a big game.
Sound familiar? In the end, Swingers perfectly humanizes its players, makes a touching statement about getting back on your feet after love knocks you down, and, most importantly, comes off as really, really, really funny. Favreau and director Doug Liman are sure to hit the big time after this, and Vaughn (who's already been picked to star in Jurassic Park 2 ought to get a Best Supporting Actor nomination, at least.
Swingers is one of those very rare movies where you really come out a changed, happier person -- at least for awhile. Hey, maybe I'm money, and I don't even know it!
Swingers finally gets the special edition DVD treatment with a Collector's Edition that includes a number of highlights. The alternate takes of various scenes are priceless -- including a deleted kiss scene between Favreau and Graham and a beautiful moment during Vaughn's "ya grows up" scene in which he dances around like a little girl. Four solid documentaries outline the road Swingers took to get produced, and the laugh-riot short film Swingblade (a hybrid of Swingers and Sling Blade) caps off the night. Highly recommended.
Hey, can't we both be money?
Run time: 96 mins
In Theaters: Friday 11th April 1997
Box Office Worldwide: $4.5M
Budget: $200 thousand
Distributed by: Miramax Films
Production compaines: Miramax Films, Independent Pictures (II), The Alfred Shay Company Inc.
Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Fresh: 45 Rotten: 7
IMDB: 7.4 / 10
Director: Doug Liman
Producer: Victor Simpkins
Screenwriter: Jon Favreau
Starring: Jon Favreau as Mike Peters., Vince Vaughn as Trent Walker., Ron Livingston as Rob, Patrick Van Horn as Sue, Alex Désert as Charles, Heather Graham as Lorraine, Deena Martin as Christy, Katherine Kendall as Lisa, Brooke Langton as Nikki, Blake Lindsley as Girl with Cigar, Kevin James Kelly as Vegas Dealer, Stephanie Ittleson as Vegas Waitress, Vernon Vaughn as $100 Gambler, Joan Favreau as $5 Winner, Rio Hackford as Skully, Jan Dykstra as Girl at Party, Maddie Corman as Peek-a-boo Girl, Marty & Elayne as Dresden Lounge Act, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy as Derby Band, Sheri Rosenblum as $100 Gambler, Stasea Rosenblum as $100 Gambler, Pamela Shaw as $5 Gambler, Tom Alley as Pit Boss, Reverend Phil Dixon as Lounge Lizard, Ashley M. Rogers as Bartender, Jay Diola as Skully's Crew / Derby Dancer, Nicholas Gagliarducci as Skully's Crew, David Gould as Skully's Crew, Bill Phillips as Skully's Crew, Mansur Hamud as Pink Dot Guy, Ahmed Ahmed as Party Mystery Guy, Eufemia Plimpton as Derby Lady, Melinda Starr as Derby Lady, Samantha Lemole as Dresden Lady, Jessica Buchman as Dresden Lady, Caroline O'Meara as Diner Waitress, Gary Auerbach as Derby Doorman, Brad Halvorson as Derby Doorman, Christopher R. Joyce as Diner Patron, Edward Rissien as Diner Patron, Jenna Rissien as Diner Patron, Mark Smith as Diner Patron, John Abrham as Derby Dancer, Rachel Gallaghan as Derby Dancer, Lisa Guerriero as Derby Dancer, Thomas Hall as Derby Dancer, Damiana Kamishin as Derby Dancer, Curtis Lindersmith as Derby Dancer, Jennifer Lucero as Derby Dancer, Pinki Marsolek as Derby Dancer, Rhonda Martin as Derby Dancer, Martina Migenes as Derby Dancer, Paul Mojica as Derby Dancer, Sam Mollo as Derby Dancer, Jacob Morris as Derby Dancer, Michael Scott as Derby Dancer, Bernard Serrano as Derby Dancer, Rosalind Smith as Derby Dancer, Molly Stern as Derby Dancer, Johnny Walker as Derby Dancer, Lisa Wolstein as Derby Dancer
Also starring: Victor Simpkins