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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055OTJOE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,140 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Invicta13 on 13 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
I first saw this film with a group of my mates at Uni and it was almost the perfect audience for this film. There are many so-called 'chick flicks' that combine tales of relationship with humour and "that's me" moments (or so I'm told) - think Bridget Jones - but few of the same for guys.
Well, Swingers fills that void. Instead of being a story about a group of guys getting into slapstick scrapes and unfeasible situations with women, like Old School or Road Trip, it goes deeper and has a more sensitive edge - but with a wicked wit that ever prevents it becoming sentimental.

The comedy is subtle and clever, having some of that uncomfortably realistic and awkward quality that made "The Office" so unwatchably watchable. Favreau and Vaughn's breakthrough performances create rounded characters that are right on the 'money'. Doug Liman (of later Bourne Identity fame) makes superb use of the low budget set up and borrowed locations to bring to life an atmospheric, cool but unglamorous Los Angeles, that is by turns unpretentious and overblown.
The real genius here, though, is Favreau's script, which contains the kind of true-to-life, quickfire, vernacular-filled dialogue that a group of guys can evolve amongst themselves. It will be easily recognisable to any chaps watching and the emotions expressed through it, ranging from anxiety over how best to chat up a girl to wondering why she hasn't called, will also be all too familiar.
Buy it. Oh, and get used to the words 'Money' and 'Baby'!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
I expect anyone who's a fan of this film will already own it on DVD, but here nearly ten years after its theatrical release (1996) is the Special Edition. Whether you buy depends on how much you love the film and how badly you want to hear the various commentaries or the making of or the deleted scenes. Worth seeing/hearing though they undoubtedly are, the real reason for owning this is the movie , a series of pacy fast talking comedy vignettes set in the L.A. lounge social scene and revolving around a bunch of young studs all out to have as good a time as possible as young guys are wont to do.
This is the debut feature of Doug Liman ("Go", The Bourne Identity") who clearly wasn't blessed with a large budget but directs in a metricious understated manner and is privileged to have a cracking script from Jon Favreau who also plays the lead role of Mike Peters, a jobless actor who is still hung up on the split from his ex- girlfriend. Peters is by turns annoyed and cajoled by his rapaciously slick best mate Trent who is played superbly by Vince Vaughn, as he attempts to cure his friend of his moribund obsession with his ex. They go to bars, have confrontations with other men, argue and try to pull women. It doesn't sound much but it's very funny and furnishes us with a some unforgettable scenes. There is one involving an answering machine that comes close to genius and Vaughn's attempted seduction of a young women across the seats of a bar diner is almost as good. Best of all though is the scene where Mike finally hit's it lucky, dancing with vertiginous glee to the swinging Big Bad Voodoo Daddy which brilliantly encapsulates the thrill of meeting someone new and just letting go.
This is a terrific hugely enjoyable film, crackling with energy and spiky wit.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By morningoil on 23 Jan. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
man this film rocks,if your like me and your feeling low about yourself due to being single or recently dumped by your girl then this movie is a real pick-me up.the main man 'mikey'is just that guy,he has low self-esteem and cant get to grips with chatting up women in bars,but his buddys rob ,trent and sue make sure he gets what he needs. a funny,well written and filmed movie,made on such a small budget ive seen it 5 times and im gonna see it again.afterwards youll wanna slick your hair back,find a nice jazz/swing bar and kick it ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Jones on 6 July 2007
Format: DVD
Ignore any negative comments you might read about Swingers, this is an absolute classic. It's brilliantly scripted, acted so naturally and most guys can relate to it. Even though it is a lad's movie, women can enjoy it at another level. Jon Favreau (Mikey) and Vince Vaughn (Trent) clearly feel good working together and you can tell they are mates off-screen, as this shows in the two main character's relationship. I would say, don't buy this version, buy the Special Edition version which has got loads of extras.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is brilliant, very funny but with a subtle message too. Basically it's about a bunch of lads on the pull, looking for the "beautiful babies" of LA. There aren't many films that make you feel good after you watch them, but Swingers is one of them. Thoroughly enjoyable, excellent dialogue. This film does not take itself too seriously either unlike Tarantino's films. Lots of eye candy on show too, particularly the girl that Mike meets in the bar after the house party!
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Format: DVD
Swingers is John Favreau's semi autobiographical account of a group of struggling actors headed west to get their foot on the slippery showbiz ladder in LA. We follow the group as they travel from casino to bar hoping to get lucky whilst newly single central character Mikey gets knocked back on a regular basis, having been 'out of the game' as he puts it for 6 years. Plot wise that's basically it so if you're after something more bombastic don't touch this film with a barge pole as you'll be sorely dissapointed.
A rough indicator of the tone of the film would be to think of the ultra realistic faux documentary comedies such as the British version of The Office, with the camera taking an over the shoulder point of view , putting the viewer in the position of the person at the back of the line following the gang from bar to bar. Like the office we find a handful of cringe worthily realistic moments mainly involving Mikey's interaction with women but like all good comedy there lies a warmth and seriousness to the film.
My favourite scene in the film sums up the film nicely. We find Mikey and other lead character Trent(played by Vince Vaughan) sat in their car on the hard shoulder of the interstate after an aborted pick up session and in his despair at his current situation and short comings, Mikey outlines all his insecurities and lack of esteem to which Trent puts a poignant spin on his usual catchphrase and tells him hes 'so money he doesn't even know it' and continues to support him and make sure he doesn't shut himself off from the world and become bitter until hes back on his feet.
These types of scenes which balance reality with comedy elevate this film from a good one to a great one. The underlying theme of friendship added to the lack of anything particularly dramatic or overblown occurring during the film ensure this is a film people from all walks of life can relate to.
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