A Must-See for All 20-Something Males (by Zuhalter)
Let me preface this review by saying that this is my favorite film of all time. I'm not saying it was the best, most artistic, original, or most innovative...but it is my favorite. It's a movie about a 20-something man getting over a nasty break-up, living in Los Angeles. Pretty simple stuff, but the honesty in the film is amazing. This film boasts the most realistic, and interesting depictions of male friendship I've ever seen. Some might simply pawn this movie off as a buddy flick, but it goes so much deeper than that. Mikey Favreau deals with insecurity, rejection, <more>
depression, an overwhelming feeling of inadequacy. Something almost everyone can relate to. And, as an audience member, you live and die with the poor guy. The supporting cast is very strong, popping in and out as the assortment of friends populating Mikey's social life. Each is trying, in his own way, to get their buddy out of his post-break up funk, which meet with varying degrees of success. Swingers is chock full of laugh-out-loud moments, and oft-quoted lines "Our baby's all grows up!" that could very easily lead to repeated viewings of this masterpiece.
I saw that someone commented this is the perfect guy movie. I'd like to add that it's not just for guys. The characters in it are just as easy to relate to for girls. If you think girls don't pathetically chase after guys the same way the men of Swingers were going after girls, you need to get out more. Not meant to be an insult. My favorite character in it though I love them all is Rob. His insecurity is cute, but of course he's also a loyal friend. You can't beat that. And I love the goofy quote. "Hi, Mom. I'm goofy. Send more money." That's great! <more>
This is one of those movies that I love to watch over and over again. I will never get sick of it. Plus my husband then boyfriend introduced me to it so of course I love it. He even picked me up from my classes once by yelling, "Hey, do you know where all the high school girls hang out??" from across the street. This movie was incredibly funny and deserves a lot more praise than it gets.
As enjoyable as any film in recent memory. (by svswinger-2)
I think a few of the readers who have commented on this film seem to be missing the point. While it can be said that this movie has no plot to speak of and no central point to it, my response is: so what? Not every movie is made to teach you how to live your life. Some of us can watch a movie simply for the pure enjoyment of listening to characters interact. Swingers does a better job of achieving this than the majority of movies ever made. Anybody can make Godzilla or Independence Day, but it takes a truly special movie to become a "cult hit" with nothing more at it's disposal <more>
than no-name actors at the time and catchy dialogue. This movie was the springboard for virtually every actor in it, with each going on to more well known parts.Ok, enough preaching, pure and simple this movie is great. Vince Vaughn's character is one of the most likable characters you'll see in a movie. Even if you have nothing in common with someone like him, you can't help but like him. He's hilarious, smooth, and a loyal friend, and he has some of the most quotable lines in the movie. Everyone else on this site has quoted it time and again, so no need for me to, but let's just say it's funny stuff. John Favreau's character, Mikey, makes you laugh while at the same time wanting to slap him for being so stupid. There's so many funny scenes in this movie, I can't even begin to describe them. But the best by far always involve Vaughn, and the part where he's in the trailer describing his experience auditioning for a pilot is classic. You know he's feeding the girls a line the whole time, but it's so convincing and everyone is so in awe of him, it's hysterical. And when Mikey tries to act cool in front of the waitresses they meet, and fails to do so, only to see Trent tell them he's a producer and watch them swoon, I can't see how people don't find that funny.Anyways, if you haven't seen this movie yet, do yourself a favor and go rent it. The buildup offered on this site is only a fraction of what you'll actually get out of watching it. 10+/10
Swingers is just about the coolest film on the planet. It's so laid back it's horizontal. There aren't enough words in a thesaurus to describe how good this movie is! Watch and enjoy. The direction from Doug Liman is awesome and the acting matches. It's funny but not in your face, it's hip but doesn't care and it just makes for a great picture. Heather Graham looks gorgeous at the end as an added bonus for the guys too!
Money (by R_O_U_S)
One of those periodic movies that briefly reinvents the language, Swingers is, there's no two ways about it, money. It centres around a bunch of guys who shoot the breeze, go to Vegas, play poker, try to pick up girls and generally make themselves look foolish. This is also the plot. It's a little movie that made big stars out of its cast, although the director has yet to live up to its promise. And the answerphone scene was an instant classic.
Jon Favereau's likable comedy (by bunny2222)
"Swingers" is a comedy about actors being out of work in LA. Mikey Jon Favereau is getting over a broken relationship with Michelle.Rob Ron Livingston , Sue Patrick Van Horn and Trent Vince Vaughan are on hand to pull him through.Cue a fresh and original comedy.Vince Vaughan explodes on to the screen with his portrayal of Trent.The way he tries to coax his friend Mikey out of his sad state is hysterical. To build up his esteem " You're so money ..." and on his eventual triumph "Our baby's all growed up" Rob on the other hand gives him gentle support <more>
while auditioning for the role of Goofy. Sue cruelly puts Mikey down as guys often do.They visit clubs and parties. Mikey slowly regains his standing.Where Jon Favereau scores is making Mikey's hurt awkwardness and anxiety hugely funny His phone call s! to Nikki's answerphone is one of the most painfully funny and excruciating moments I have witnessed in a cinema audience -- you want him not to call Heather Graham is a lovely actress and makes a strong impact in the short time she has on screen. Overall a very funny feelgood movie with a few touching moments.
Before watching "Swingers," I saw Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn paired off in "Made." Now, I didn't like "Made" all that much, but that didn't lower my expectations when watching "Swingers." I already knew the two actors had a great chemistry and as long as the script is well-written, they can really go places. "Swingers" is a thoroughly original, wonderfully written comedy that's filled with big laughs. Favreau and Vaughn's characters are like polar opposites, and it's hilarious to watch them argue. The rest of the actors <more>
are also good I think the black guy is the blind character from "Becker"--I could be wrong , but Vince Vaughn steals the show as the smooth-talking Trent. We all have friends like Trent. Some of us aspire to be like Trent. Some of us are Trent. I admit, I would compare myself more to Favreau's character--the more reserved, sensitive type. But the great thing about a film like this is it's down to earth. It's about everyday people in everyday situations, and I guarantee many of us can relate to the characters in "Swingers" in one way or another, just like how many of us relate to the characters on "Seinfeld." This isn't a plot-driven film, so you can call this a movie about nothing. It's simply about a group of studs on the prowl, hitting the clubs and casinos, and sharing their philosophies on sex and dating. There are several films that tried to replicate this format and failed "Whipped" comes to mind . If you're in the mood to laugh hysterically and be wildly entertained, "Swingers" is the movie for you. About my only criticisms would be a few lame attempts to be stylish. Come on, would 5 guys really drive in their own cars and follow each other all the way without anyone cutting them off? My score: 8 out of 10
I wanted to call all of my friends after I first saw this film! (by adzrussell)
I chanced upon Swigers one evening after reading an article on writer/star Jon Favreau, and trying to figure out which character he played in Friends it's Pete Becker by the way ; don't you love it when you uncover a gem. From the opening credits, set to Dean Martin crooning "You're Nobody Until Somebody Loves You", I knew that this film was the very personification of cool, spawning one of the coolest characters in any film...ever, that being Trent Walker played by Vince Vaughn, with a swinging soundtrack and a real sense of fun which you don't often get in <more>
mainstream Hollywood; and this film is effortless in a way which Tarantino could only dream about.The story centres around Favreau's loser-in-love Mikey, trying to make a living as an actor in L.A after leaving his long-term girlfriend behind in New York. His best buddy, Trent, tries incessantly to get Mikey back 'into the game' so to speak; cue a trawl around L.A's hippest night-spots, some hilarious insight into dating rituals when is it cool to call? 2 days? , and a trip to Las Vegas in which Trent tries to 'pull a Fredo' bedding cocktail waitresses two at a time . The central duo are ably supported by a cast of lovable rogues, all intent on getting laid.Doug Liman directs in a laid-back manner, befitting of the film, and Favreau's script based on Vaughn and himself is full of witty insights and in-jokes, as well as enough movie references to keep everyone happy.Although the characters are almost impossibly cool, they never appear obnoxious due to the over-riding sense that they are just a bunch of lovable losers trying to con their way into the beds of L.A's female population; sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, and there is a certain sweetness added by Favreau's predicament. The pay-off is cool, Favreau finally 'getting digits' and we are left with a role-reversal between the two main protagonists as Trent makes a fool of himself with a woman in the closing scene.Altogether a classy, breezy, often hilarious film, a certain cult classic, and a fine addition to the date movie genre.
Perhaps I would have loved this movie if I was more into the cocktail, or lounge, culture portrayed here. I don't mind retro, but this movement turns me off. Still, as a guys romantic comedy, this is good. As one critic said, this works because it understands most romantic comedy takes place before boy meets girl in that respect, this movie reminds me of DINER, which was also a study of guys trying to relate to women, though that one was better . Unlike many, I thought the answering machine scene went on too long, but otherwise, I liked Favreau as everyone else pointed out, who can't <more>
identify with him? , and of course liked Vaughan a lot. And I loved the RESEVOIR DOGS and GOODFELLAS parodies, and of course that final scene is a classic.